Easy Ways to Boost Metabolism (Page 4)

You can boost your burn by... Adding coconut oil to your diet.

There is some preliminary research to suggest using coconut oil in place of butter, olive or canola oil might help people lose weight by boosting their calorie burn, as Joyce Hendley has reported in EatingWell. The fatty acids in coconut oil (called medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT) are shorter and more water-soluble than those in other oils, such as olive or canola, so they’re routed directly to the liver where they’re readily burned for fuel. There’s no scientific evidence to show that consuming coconut oil helps people lose weight, but research suggests that using an MCT oil in place of olive oil might.

Would we recommend it? Probably not. Even if coconut oil does indeed help people lose weight, few nutrition experts recommend it, since coconut oil is loaded with saturated fat: 12 grams in 1 tablespoon versus 7 grams in a tablespoon of butter. It also has 120 calories per tablespoon, like all other oils.

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