Coconut Oil And Diabetes: All The Facts Uncovered
If you were interviewing coconut oil for a job, you'd soon see it has quite an impressive resume, which is exactly why we're going to chat about coconut oil and diabetes. A quick internet scan will highlight the claims of coconut oil being good for everything from weight loss to curing diseases to skin and hair benefits, and even for fighting off infection. Are you keen to find out whether these claims are true and if it's a good food for diabetics? Let’s dive in and take a closer look at coconut oil to help us sort out the facts from the truth. What is coconut oil? Coconut oil is simply that, oil produced from the meat of mature coconuts. There are a few methods for extracting it. It can be cold pressed by rotary mills or extracted using heat and a solvent such as hexane, in which case it would then need to be refined (refined, bleached and deodorized). Cold pressed coconut oil has a slight ‘coconuty’ flavor while the refined option will not. Virgin coconut oil (there is no “extra virgin”) is produced using a single manual press without using heat or chemicals. Coconut oil is very unique in that it has a melting point of 76 F (24 C) making it more liquid at room temperature in warmer seasons, but generally it is a solid fat. Coconut oil can be hydrogenated to raise the melting point to 100 F (38 C) so it stays solid at room temperature. Coconut oil nutrition facts Coconut oil is purely fat. There are no carbohydrates or protein to speak of. It is 91% saturated fat, 6% mono and 3% polyunsaturated fat. While 91% fat sounds like a lot, much of the saturated fat is a very unique kind known as lauric acid, which is where the many health benefits are derived (we'll get into that in just a moment). Because coconut oil is solid fat, free of water content, it is highe Continue reading >>
Bulletproof Coffee And Diabetes: Is It Right For You?
Bulletproof coffee: you’ve probably heard of it. The Diabetes.co.uk forum users can’t stop talking about it. There are articles about bulletproof coffee all over the internet, every one of which seems to have a different opinion as to the benefits or otherwise of the stuff. Some swear by it, some would rather swear at it. Less common are guides to bulletproof coffee and diabetes. This is an attempt at a comprehensive one (but I can’t promise that it’s definitive. Opinions, inevitably, will differ). So: should people with diabetes drink bulletproof coffee? And, if so, is it healthy to have it for breakfast every day? Let’s take a look. What is bulletproof coffee? Coffee mixed with unsalted butter and coconut oil. The idea is you drink it instead of eating breakfast. It’s supposed to work for weight loss and type 2 diabetes. No carbs, and the saturated fat keeps you feeling full. People disagree about the specifics of making it. Some insist on unsalted butter, which contains more in terms of nutrition, but some get by fine without it. And while bulletproof coffee is usually made with coconut oil, some people prefer MCT oil. It’s all a bit subjective. MCT stands for “medium chain triglycerides,” which are fatty acids. These fatty acids are good for your health. There are four kinds: lauric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, and capric acid. Coconut oil contains all four of these fatty acids. MCT oil, unlike coconut oil, is manufactured, rather than being found in nature. The theory behind it is: medium chain triglycerides are good, so let’s make an oil that separates them from the rest of the oil. Supposedly, the more MCTs you have, the more health benefits. So the thinking goes that MCT oil is healthier than coconut oil. The problem with MCT oil is tha Continue reading >>
Coconut, Palm, And Mct Oil
April 24, 2012 by David Mendosa The fats that our bodies can burn most easily are the ones that have medium-length chains of carbons, as I discussed in The Best Saturated Fats . This is especially important for those of us who have diabetes when we transition to a very low-carbohydrate diet, which gives us almost all of our energy from fats. These fats are those that we call medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. But what are the best MCT fats for us to use? If MCT fats are good for us, then shouldnt we be using pure MCT? Coconut oil has the highest proportion of MCT of any common oil, Ron Rosedale, M.D., told me when I interviewed him for my article, The Trouble with Saturated Fats . Two-thirds of the saturated fat in coconut oil is MCT, according to the USDA National Nutrition Database . Among the common oils, palm kernel oil ranks a close second. But it is much harder to find in our stores and on the websites. I have bought red palm oil at my local Whole Foods Market. But I dont know if its the same as palm kernel oil, and I dont like its taste anyway. I love the taste of coconut oil, particularly when it is extra virgin, which means that it has the least processing. But for some people the strong taste of extra virgin coconut oil can be a problem. Dr. Rosedale says that people who dont like the coconut taste might want to consider virgin coconut oil, which tastes less like coconut. The coconut and red palm oils I have bought are natural and organic. Thats important to many of us, myself included. A less common oil has an even higher proportion of MCT than coconut and palm kernel oil has. Pure MCT oil is available. It might be better, but since it has to be processed, its not natural. And its not organic. Pure MCT oil has a bland taste that people who dont like the tas Continue reading >>
Does Coconut Oil Help Blood Sugar Levels?
Traditional in Latin and Asian cooking and made from mature coconuts, coconut oil is associated with a number of health benefits because of its medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs. This fatty acid may help with a number of conditions, including steadying blood sugar levels. A 2009 issue of “Diabetes” published a study on the benefits of MCTs to patients with Type 1 diabetes. The animal study found that in addition to improving cognitive abilities due to low blood sugar levels, MCTs also helped steady blood sugar levels in the test subjects, thus preventing cognitive impairment. While the results were promising, further and more long-term research on human effects is still needed. Improves Glucose Tolerance The MCTs found in coconut oil may help with improving glucose tolerance. This means it may improve the body’s ability to process sugar into usable energy with fewer side effects. A 2010 issue of the "Indian Journal of Pharmacology” published an animal study that found a diet supplemented with coconut oil led to improved glucose tolerance levels, as well as a lowering of total cholesterol levels. Researchers attributed this effect to the presence of lauric acid, an MCT, in coconut oil. Protects Against Insulin Resistance Insulin resistance, in which your body produces insulin but is unable to use it properly, can lead to high blood sugar and possibly Type 2 diabetes because your body’s cells cannot absorb the glucose without insulin. A 2009 issue of “Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Review” included a four-week study that found a diet supplemented with MCTs led to less insulin sensitivity. It also resulted in less fat buildup in the body and lowered insulin resistance. These effects were seen even without dietary changes. Using Coconut Oil Because it is n Continue reading >>
Coconut Oil And Diabetes
Can You Eat Coconut Oil If You Have Diabetes? If you’re living with diabetes, you’ve likely been through the diet overhaul. Out with the rippled chips, white bread, and full-fat cheese. In with the whole-wheat toast, tofu, and celery sticks. Now you may want to replace the fats you use in your cooking. You may have heard coconut oil may be a good substitute, but you may not be sure how it would affect your diabetes. Is it better or worse? Here’s what you need to know about coconut oil and diabetes. Coconut oil, also known as copra oil, is derived from the meat of mature coconuts. The oil is rich in antioxidants and energy-boosting triglycerides, and low in cholesterol. Not only does the oil have a sweet, nutty flavor, but it also leaves behind little grease. It’s commonly used as a replacement for butter and olive or vegetable oils when baking or cooking. Coconut oil also has many cosmetic uses, such as: a natural skin moisturizer a leave-in condition for your hair an ingredient in homemade soap scrub and lotion recipes If you have diabetes, you know that maintaining a healthy weight is a key component of a diabetes meal plan. This is especially true of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes generally begins with your body’s resistance to insulin. Insulin resistance is linked to excess weight. A 2008 study found that people who consumed medium-chain fats like coconut oil as part of a weight loss plan lost more fat than participants who used olive oil. Coconut oil is high in medium-chain fats. This means coconut oil, a solid fat, is harder to convert to stored fat. This makes it easier for your body to burn it off. Although separate studies, such as this 2009 study in Lipids, have corroborated this, there isn’t enough research to definitively support this claim. Re Continue reading >>
Virgin Coconut Oil For Type 1 Diabetes A Testimony Of Reducing Dependency On Humalog
Virgin Coconut Oil for Type 1 Diabetes A Testimony of Reducing Dependency on Humalog I first learned about virgin coconut oil when I was reading a book about giving massages. The author recommended VCO as a very good massage oil, so I went out and purchased some. On the label of the VCO container medicinal uses were mentioned. A search on the Internet brought up all kinds of information and I got myself a general education about VCO. Good for a multitude of things that might ail a person, I was intrigued to the point of wanting to learn more I read about how VCO could reduce ones belly fat, could change the dependency on insulin for diabetics and a host of other things. Being a Type1 Diabetic due to an injured pancreas I have to take 34 units of Humalog (an insulin mix) twice daily. When I read that VCO could restore some of the pancreas insulin production capabilities, I decided to run an experiment. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I started ingesting VCO by the teaspoon on January 1st 2011. As the first week of the New Year progressed I started eating VCO on toast, in my cereal and by the spoon full. All week my glucose levels seemed to be getting lower than what I was used to, but I kept shooting myself with the prescribed 34 units of Humalog morning and evening. On Friday January 7th my morning glucose was 104, I had my usual breakfast: 1 boiled egg and two slices of raisin bread toast with VCO spread and my shot of Humalog. Ellen had noticed that my energy level was higher than normal all week and that I seemed to have lost some weight as my pants were falling down. We had a normal lunch on that Friday: grilled cheese sandwich, mine made with coconut oil. Dinner was also normal: baked pork chops, fried (in olive oil) potatoes and apple sauce, glass Continue reading >>
5 Reasons To Use Mct Oil For Ketosis
MCT oil or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are unique fatty acids that are found naturally in coconut and palm oils. They have a remarkable ability to stabilize blood sugar and enhance ketone body production. This process makes MCTs a powerful tool to reduce inflammation, improve metabolism and enhance cognitive function. The term medium is in reference to the length of the chain of fatty acids. Oils can have short, medium or long chains. Most oils are a combination of short, medium and long chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids by definition are fatty acids that contain between 6 and 12 carbon chains ( 1 ). These include: MCTs are easily digested and do not require the production and utilization of bile. Most fatty acids depend upon bile salt emulsification in order to be metabolized and absorbed. The production of bile is an energy dependent process that takes place in the liver. The body stores extra bile in the gallbladder to use for high fat meals. Individuals with a sluggish liver and gallbladder struggle to produce adequate bile. Other individuals who struggle with malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes can easily absorb and utilize these MCTs ( 2 ). This includes people with pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis & Crohns disease among others. MCTs have a slightly lower caloric effect than typical long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). LCFAs have 9 calories per gram while MCTs have 8.3 calories per gram ( 3 ). The mitochondria are small organs within your cells that are responsible for producing all the energy needed by your tissues. Fatty acids produce energy in the mitochondria but are dependent upon the L- carnitine compound in order for entry. MCTs provide immediate energy because they are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly and do not requ Continue reading >>
Coconuts, Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil And Diabetes
Coconut oil has been called a “superfood” with positive effects on heart and brain health, weight loss (especially abdominal fat) and a whole host and anti-inflammatory effects. But is coconut oil really a superfood? Or is it just the newest fad out there on the internet? Coconuts Coconuts have traditionally been the main staple food in many Asian and Pacific populations. In those same populations, coconut has also long been used as a medicine to treat infections, respiratory conditions, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, kidney stones, and other disorders. Coconut meat (the whitish flakes) is high in fiber, protein, minerals such as manganese, selenium and iron and contains Vitamin C and B vitamins along with plant sterols. Coconut meat is also high in calories from fats—the fats are primarily the saturated fats along with high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut flour is the finely ground coconut meat. Coconut milk (pressed from coconut meat) is similar to coconut meat as far as its nutritional profile—it is high in fiber, protein, richer than coconut meat in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium and contains Vitamins C, E and B vitamins. Coconut milk is also high in plant sterols and calories from fats. These fats are also in the saturated form with high levels of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut water is diluted coconut milk and is much lower in calories. Finally, coconut oil is very high in calories from saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids with essentially no vitamins, minerals, protein or fiber—in other words, pure fat. The fats in coconut oil are in the form of medium-chain triacylglycerols, or MCT. Fats and Health For many years, fats in food were considered the main cause for fats on the body. Continue reading >>
Oil Changes: The Final Chapter
Over the last two weeks (in “Oil Changes: Part 1” and “Part 2”) we’ve explored several different kinds of edible oils and hopefully expanded your horizons a little. I’m going to wrap things up on oils this week with a look at two other oils that you may or may not be familiar with. Let’s start off with flaxseed oil. Where does this oil come from? The flax plant, of course. Flax is an ancient plant, dating back to the Stone Age. Flax fibers are used to make paper and fabric. Artists use linseed oil, which is derived from flaxseed, in oil paint. You may have heard or read a lot about flaxseed and its health benefits. Flaxseed oil is rich in an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA for short. ALA has two other cousins, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These three fatty acids are omega-3 fatty acids, which you may know better as fish oils (although ALA isn’t found in fish). Omega-3 fatty acids have heart-health benefits, as they have been shown to help lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, prevent irregular heartbeats, and reduce the risk of heart attack. In addition, they can also help reduce inflammation in the body and therefore help improve symptoms of certain inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Omega-3 fatty acids play an essential role in the behavioral and cognitive development of infants and children, too. Unlike omega-3’s, omega-6 fatty acids (found in most vegetable oils) may actually promote inflammation in the body. Therefore, it’s important to get the right balance of omega-3’s and omega-6’s. Nutrition experts recommend we aim for 2–4 times more omega-6’s than omega-3’s. The problem is that the typical American diet contains mor Continue reading >>
Why You Should Stay Away From Bulletproof Coffee.
Why you should stay away from bulletproof coffee. Plant Based Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach | Vegan YouTuber | Vegan Blogger | Fitness Trainer First Id like to start off by saying I dont have anything against Dave as a person, Ive never met the guy. But I do find his recommendation for Bulletproof coffee foolish and irresponsible, that being said he did a really masterful job atmarketing this product. As Dave rolls around in on his mattress full of cash earned from unsuspecting overweight people who are being told to lose weight and be healthy by eating more bacon and shoving 2 tablespoons of butter in their coffee and well as 2 tablespoons of Daves generic MCT oils that is referred to as Brain Octane oil. For 3 times the price of your off the shelve MCT (Medium Chained Triglyceride) oil you do get a really fancy labelFor someone who preaches wholefood and eating natural, unprocessed foods, he certainly spends a large amount of time and money marketing this unnatural, highly processed coconut oil derivative called Brain Octane oil. Brain Octane oil is all empty calories, it contains no Omega 3 fats that we all need so badly and as far from paleo (which Dave claims to be) as possible. But it makes your brain run better correct? No. The brain runs on glucose not fatGlucose not fat. Below is an excerpt taking from Mr. Aspreys Bulletproof executive website. Dave Asprey, founder ofBulletproofand author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent two decades and over $300,000 to hack his own biology. Dave lost 100 pounds without counting calories or excessive exercise, used techniques to upgrade his brain by more than 0150 IQ points, and lowered his biological age while learning to sleep more efficiently Continue reading >>
5 Health Benefits Of Mct Oil
At Medterra , our products are 99% pure CBD oil with MCT oil. MCT oil has been studied and proven to show many benefits such as burning fat, rejuvenating energy, and losing weight. MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides are a type of fat found in in certain oils and dairy products. 1) Improve Digestion and Nutrient Absorption MCT oil is beneficial for balancing bacteria in the gut microbiota, which has positive effects on digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. Medium chain fats can help kill a wide range of pathogenic viruses and bacteria that causes digestive issues. Supporters of MCT oil claim it can help boost a persons energy and improve their endurance when they are working out. A 2009 study found that consuming foods rich in MCTs improved the time that recreational athletes can endure high-intensity exercise. 3) WeightLoss and Improved Weight Management MCT has a smaller molecular structure and is more solube in water. This makes it easier for your body to absorb and does not require a complicated digestive process. MCT is transported from the small intestine to the liver by the portal vein, which turns into ketone bodies which the muscles use for energy. Since MCT is processed in the liver, there is little left to be stored as fat. Other studies findlipid profiles improveon high-fat diets containing coconut oil. Researchers found saturated fat from coconuts was not the culprit that negatively affected cholesterol profile. Instead, the coconut oil's overall effect raised HDL while lowering triglycerides and small LDL cholesterol particles. MCT oil causes sugars, when they are present in the blood circulation, to increase the chancesof being stored in muscle tissue as opposed to as fat mass. Anot Continue reading >>
Mct Oil - Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes Forums
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. It appears a lot of people are taking the MCT oil as a part of DM management plan. Coconut oil seems to be the very popular choice. While I was browsing the vitacost website, I came across an MCT oil product (smart basics). Is someone taking this product, and if so what is your feedback ? Also please suggest if I should just stick to coconut oil My opinion is that unless there is some reason why you can't that you just stick to real coconut oil. It is a great natural product and contains many fantastic ingredients and attributes in addition to MCTs (admittedly one of the most amazing). At the very least, do a little research on exactly what has been removed from the man-mangled version to be sure you really want it without those things. Personally, I trust the coconut tree much more than the chemical laboratory. My suspicion is that it was nothing but (baseless) lipophobia which prompted them to mangle (fractionate, I believe they call it) this amazing product of nature. BTW, did you know there is only one substance occurring in nature which can be injected directly into the human bloodstream as-is as a plasma replacement? The water in fresh coconuts. It is even delivered sterile and ready to use. It was common in parts of the world during the world wars when plasma ran out. They literally plunged a tube into a green coconut and the other end of the tube was a catheter in the wounded soldier's arm! It appears a lot of people are taking the MCT oil as a part of DM management plan. Coconut oil seems to be the very popular choice. While I was browsing the vitacost website, I came across an MCT o Continue reading >>
6 Health Benefits Of Mct Oil — Is It Better Than Coconut Oil?
“MCTs” are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. Coconut oil is one great source of MCTs — roughly 62–65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs — but recently more concentrated “MCT oils” have also been growing in popularity. MCTs, also called “MCFAs” for medium-chain fatty acids, are believed to be largely missing from the diets of people eating “standard Western” diets, most likely because the public has been led to believe that all forms of saturated fats are potentially harmful. However, recently research has shown a lot of evidence about the real truth regarding saturated fats. We now know that ideally MCT oils like coconut oil should actually be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in things like coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health, too. In fact, traditional populations living in tropical areas have been consuming saturated fats, including sources of MCTs like coconuts, for thousands of years without any ill effects — so consider the idea that a low-fat diet is “healthy” to be one of the biggest nutrition lies there ever was! Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in certain other foods with saturated fats including butter (especially butter from grass-fed cows), cheeses, palm oil, whole milk and full-fat yogurt. What Makes MCT Oils So Special? MCTs get their name because of the length of their chemical structure. All types of fatty acids are made up of strings of connec Continue reading >>
Coconut Oil Effective In Treating Diabetes
Indeed Virgin Coconut Oil has a substantial effect on blood sugar levels. My wife and daughter (both have type 2 diabetes) measure their blood sugar levels at least three times a day. When they eat the wrong foods and their blood sugar levels get to 80-100 points above normal, they don’t take extra medication, they take 2-3 tablespoons of the coconut oil directly from the bottle. Within a half hour their blood sugar levels will come back to normal. Ed, Coconut Diet Forums Diabetes Epidemic 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes.1 The current rate of people becoming diabetic in the United states is doubling every 10 years. This has resulted in a windfall for pharmaceutical companies capitalizing on this “disease” with drugs designed to treat type 2 diabetes, but not deal with the underlying cause. These drugs have serious side effects. One of the most popular diabetes drugs, Avandia, was pulled off the market in 2011 after a number of studies showed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks among type 2 diabetes patients. The manufacturer of the drug reached a $3 billion settlement in December 2011 over its fraudulent marketing of the drug, the largest federal criminal drug-company settlement to date. Coconut Oil and Type 2 Diabetes Information that is finally making its way into the mainstream media is that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle and diet issue that can be reversed without drugs. This information has been known for years, however, among those in the alternative health crowd. Consider these testimonials (some over 10 years ago) from individuals who did not follow typical doctor’s advice: I also wanted to pass along a bit of my experience in regard to diabetes. I have been taking Coconut Oil (CO Continue reading >>
Pre Diabetes Symptoms And Why Coconut Oil Is Perfect For Diabetics
Pre diabetes symptoms usually go unnoticed. It’s a good thing coconut oil always keeps an eye on diabetes for you. Type I and Type II are the two main forms of diabetes. Type I, insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes typically starts in childhood or adolescence wherein the pancreas is unable to produce adequate amounts of insulin. Type II, non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes usually appears in older adults. While the pancreas may secrete normal amounts of insulin, the cells are incapable of absorbing it. Regardless of the type though, diabetes is caused by practically two things only. Please visit how is diabetes caused for more information. Prediabetes or borderline diabetes, if left unchecked, can lead to Type II diabetes. The following are the classic symptoms or red flags to watch out for: Increased thirst Frequent urination Constant hunger Mysterious weight loss Weakness and fatigue Blurred vision Slow healing of cuts or bruises Weight gain Tingling or loss of feeling in hands or feet Persistent gum or skin infections No Need for Insulin Each cell in your body needs a steady supply of either glucose or fatty acids to stay alive. Both saturated and unsaturated fats require insulin to feed your cells. But not highly saturated coconut oil, it doesn’t. Coconut oil is loaded with a special kind of fat molecules called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) or Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) that can supply necessary energy to your cells with or without insulin. And it does so without negatively affecting your blood sugar or insulin levels. 92 percent saturated coconut oil is proof that the digestion of fats varies. It all depends on the kind of fatty acids that make up the fat or oil. So, it does not matter if your pancreas is not making enough insulin or if you Continue reading >>