Coconut products are flooding the market these days. First there was coconut water, then coconut milk (sold in milk cartons next to the soy milk and organic milk), and now coconut-milk yogurt. This decadent nut used to be considered a major no-no because of its high content of saturated fat, but it now enjoys a serious health halo.
Coconut yogurt contains two important parts of the coconut: the milk, and healthy oils. Several studies have found that coconut oil may aid weight loss because the type of fat it contains, called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), is metabolized differently than fats from other oils.
A recent Brazilian study tested the effects of about one ounce of either soybean oil or coconut oil over a twelve-week period with women who were instructed to follow a balanced diet and walk for fifty minutes a day. Body mass index decreased in both groups, but only the coconut-oil eaters experienced a reduction in waist circumference. They also had higher levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” kind, which helps clear cholesterol deposits from arteries, and had lower ratios of LDL to HDL.
An eight-week study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that medium-chain fatty acids reduced body weight, body fat, and waist circumference in women with high blood triglycerides. Other research has found that, compared with other oils, coconut oil added to the diets of overweight people helps boost calorie and fat burning and weight loss.
Most of the fat in this delicious oil is saturated, but more and more research confirms that not all saturated fats are villains, and coconut provides antioxidants similar to those in berries, grapes, and dark chocolate. Coconut-milk yogurt is made in the same way as cow’s-milk yogurt, using healthful probiotic bacteria. You’ll find it in nearly every health-food store and many mainstream markets.
What’s your favorite coconut product and how do you use it?
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