Dr. Bruce Fife tells us why coconut oil is healthier than olive oil. He explains its effects on metabolism and talks about the oil’s unique properties that make it an excellent weight management and weight loss aid.
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See below for a transcript of the video
Interviewer: First right now MUFAs the big word in dieting monounsaturated fatty acid. How does coconut oil fit into that? Because olive oil is really being touted for this,
Dr. Fife: Right, olive oil is the prime example of MUFA. Coconut oil our is not a MUFA. It is a predominantly a saturated fat. But a medium chain fat which has separate and superior health benefits to olive oil.
Dr. Fife: Which includes the antimicrobial properties, it’s easy to digest, it stimulates metabolism, helps with weight loss for people who are overweight, improves digestion. Many health benefits.
Interviewer: The MUFA diet is about including things like olive oil. But the coconut oil could be really the star that show couldn’t it?
Dr. Fife: Definitely. In fact, I think it’s the primary star of the fat world because it has more health benefits associated with it than any other oil… or all other oils combined.
Interviewer: And it is good for weight loss?
Dr. Fife: It is excellent for weight loss. Coconut oil has actually gotten a reputation as being the world’s only low calorie fat. hat sounds kind of strange… a low calorie fat. Well coconut oil has this reputation primary for 3 reasons.
The first one is it actually has fewer calories than any other fat.
Interviewer: Good news.
Dr. Fife: Yes. The second reason is that it satisfies hunger better than other foods. So if you put it into your diet you can feel satisfied sooner. And you will feel satisfied longer between meals. So you tend to eat less during the day.
So fewer calories means there’s fewer calories turned into body fat.
Probably the most important reason for its anti fat reputation is its ability to stimulate metabolism. It kicks your metabolism up to a higher notch so you burn off calories at an accelerated rate. And so again there are fewer calories left over at the end of the day to be converted into body fats. So coconut oil has been recommended by researchers as a means to help with weight management. And even to treat obesity.
Interviewer: And we need that. One third of the population is obese.
Dr. Fife: Definitely.
Interviewer: Thanks for the good news.
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