Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good For Diabetes
Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is virgin coconut oil good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
I am going to admit to you right now that I am not a fan of coconut. One of my biggest fears in life would to be on one of those survivor type TV shows on an island with nothing but coconut to eat. I have never liked the taste or texture, even the smell makes me nauseous.
And the newest craze in healthy foods today is…..coconut oil. A craze that is sparking a lot of controversy in the worlds of health and nutrition, so let’s take a look at what is being said.
If you like Thai or Indian dishes, you probably like coconut oil. It is used extensively in their preparation. In America, it is being used by many to flavor everything from pie crust to popcorn.
The opinions on virgin coconut oil vary. There are those who swear by it for a healthy alternative to lard or other cooking oil. Some actually eat the oil and say it has benefits that can cure Parkinson’s disease, cancer and diabetes. Others say it causes heart disease and has little nutritional value. Still others say we just don’t know enough about it to make any claims at all.
So how do we weigh through all of this information to make an informed decision?
Those who claim coconut oil is unhealthy point to the fact that it is filled with saturated fats. These are the “bad” fats that are said to cause heart disease and many other ailments. Those with diabetes are at a higher risk for heart disease so we are advised to stay away from those “bad” fats. But not all saturated fats are the same. Research now shows that saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain fats and are hard for the body to store, so they are easier for the body to burn off. This was the subject of a 2008 study at Columbia University. Their conclusion was that consumption of medium chain fats aided in weight loss.
But there still isn’t enough solid evidence to say that coconut oil is “good” for you. A 2009 study on animals found that while those given coconut oil did show improvement in how their body used insulin, it also showed liver problems.
So, is virgin coconut oil good for diabetes? One of the main problems in answering this question is that the term “virgin” is not regulated in coconut oil like it is in olive oil. So what is “virgin” coconut oil for one company is not to another.
The bottom line is, as always, talk to your health care provider. Ask them their thoughts. You may want to incorporate virgin coconut oil sparingly in your diet and see if you notice any effects and then gradually add more if you find your blood sugar readings haven’t gone up.
I hope this answered your question is virgin coconut oil good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
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