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Coconut Oil, Butter, or Olive Oil?

What type of fat should I cook with? That may depend of a few variables. Does the recipe require a baking, sauteing, or searing? Each one has its pros, but there is one that is the healthiest. The best fat to cook with is coconut oil. Why?

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Coconut while solid at room temperature like butter is mostly made up of saturated fatty acid. That’s not good, right? Not necessarily. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is made up mostly of small to medium chain fatty acids. Long chain fatty acids can increase cholesterol levels. Despite its wonderful flavor, butter, is made mostly of long chain fatty acids.

The Best Types of Fat

A recent study shows coconut oil increases HDL-cholesterol and does not raise LDL-cholesterol compared to olive oil. LDL-cholesterol is the bad cholesterol while HDL-cholesterol is good. High levels of LDL-cholesterol is a potential risk for heart disease. Also, coconut oil decreases C-reactive protein levels. C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation and potential disease.

Heat or No Heat

Olive oil is best used in cold applications. Olive oil is good for dressings and a finishing-oil on top of cooked foods. Coconut oil is more versatile for high heat cooking. Thus, it can be used in sauteing and baking.

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Coconut Oil In Coffee? Healthy Benefits

There are large groups of people that add coconut oil and butter to their coffee. You heard that right. Not sugar or creamer. The fad is coconut oil and butter. Bulletproof Coffee is the process of adding the two unorthodox ingredients to coffee. You can follow the link to find out how the idea came about. Bulletproof Coffee claims sharper mental focus and weight control.

How Coconut Oil Coffee Improves Mental Focus

Coffee contains caffeine which gives you a “kick start” of sorts. The  most important ingredient is coconut oil or if you’re aiming for true Bulletproof Coffee,  Brain Octane (BO). Many different forms of fatty acids (FAS) exist in coconut oil. FAS come in short chain, medium chain, and long chain. Medium chain FAS are used differently than long chain FAS. The processing of medium chain FAS are efficient and quick; meaning the brain and other muscles use them immediately. Medium chain FAS act as optimal fuel for your brain. Optimal fuel equals optimal performance.

Coconut Oil in Coffee- Healthy Benefits

Difference Between Brain Octane and Coconut Oil

BO is a processed form of coconut oil, and it is formulated to remove lauric acid which is considered by Bulletproof Coffee to be a long chain fatty acid (LCFA). BO contains medium chain FAS only, and does not contain lauric acid because it’s not a quick energy source, according to Bulletproof Coffee. While that is partly true, a large portion of lauric acid is just like other medium chain FAS. Lauric acid is extremely healthy. Without it, you are missing out on the antibacterial, antiviral, and fat burning effects.

What About The Butter?

Grass fed butter is a must. Not regular butter. Why? Dairy from cows fed on grass is much higher in nutrients like omega-6 FAS, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase. The last two are antioxidants. As a result, grass fed butter is unquestionably the better product.

In conclusion coconut oil and grass fed butter add large amounts of healthy fats to your coffee. If you’ve had a large dinner the night before and want a light breakfast, try blending  a tablespoon of coconut oil and half a tablespoon of grass fed butter with your coffee. You may experience mental clarity and appetite suppression till late lunch. The coconut oil acts as quick and clean energy source. It’s like buying an article of clothing off the rack vs buying the same clothing online. The online purchase takes many steps and time before you wear the piece of clothing. If you buy it off the rack, you reap the rewards immediately. Use organic coconut oil and grass fed butter. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Warning the healthy mixture of coconut oil, butter, and coffee may act like a laxative. Important to keep this in mind before the morning commute.

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