Cooking with coconut oil helps boost metabolism?
The pressed white meat of the coconut produces coconut oil, a special type of saturated fat that actually increases calorie burning. Why? Coconut oil is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), making this type of oil much easier to digest. Studies show that after eating a meal containing these medium-chain triglycerides, metabolism increases 48 percent. Christine Avanti uses coconut oil to make stir-frys, searing fish, and as a butter substitute in baking. Check out Christine’s delicious Asian stir-fry using coconut oil.
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The thermic effect is greater for structured medium- and long-chain triacylglycerols versus long-chain triacylglycerols in healthy young women. Metabolism. 2001 Jan;50(1):125-30.
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