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                                                              Physical Culture

The first idea of a name for this site was to be called something like Modern Physical Culture. Some people might be confused by the term physical culture as it is not often used these days but once-upon-a-time physical culture represented health, strength and longevity. In the 1800’s and early 1900’s people would lift weights, eat whole foods, move around lots every day and they stayed lean, strong and robust well into their 80’s and even 90’s. Staying strong is paramount to good health especially as we age. The lack of exercise and movement in general amongst today’s society along with food that no longer resembles food, and a million man made chemicals in everything we eat drink or breathe, means that the baby boomers from the 1950’s and 60’s are now feeling the pace of life. Modern diseases is escalating beyond control and the health sector looks like it is about to collapse, we have the new generations being born in the US right now supposedly  to be the first generation not expected to out live their own parents, so it’s time to go back to basics.

Choose not to end up as a drug laced vegetable dependant on your family and society to look after you as you dribble your way through the last decade or two of your life on this earth. Remember simply eating real foods and participating in some kind of weight baring exercise is essential to living a full existence and avoiding disease, especially the kinds of diseases that are associated with old age. Many diseases seen as ‘the norm’ or common when we age are not actually ‘normal’ to getting old when you look at the very few tribal people and traditional living societies still around today.

Join the Physical Culture revolution today and live as long as you can as well as you can and enjoy every second you have on this planet

BodyBuilding Diets

Body Building Diets

Body-builders know how to get shredded. Still, there are many conflicting diets, and many a forum debate that rumbles on around the world, people arguing that one way works better than the other. One thing is for sure, for decades bodybuilders in the most part have been cutting carbs to get lean. (no I’m not carb bashing, its just a fact)

For Body-builders, diets are a little more extreme, They diet for a set period of time, 12 weeks 16 weeks or there abouts. Bodybuilders are looking to get down to….2% 3% or so with their body fat so this is not your average person looking for less love handles or even trying to see those elusive abs, even so, we can all learn from the bodybuilder / physique athlete. After all why not learn from the best? 

  Things need to be kept simple. And some no nonsense approaches like diets laid out by the following professionals are diets I like. They get results where results are needed. Remember though, every one is different and any of the following diets can be used to good effect but you should always look to personalise the diet when you know your body well.

  The Metabolic Diet 
 
Dr Mauro Di Pasquale has been writing books, personally helping people and handing out fantastic, science based information for years!

  Mauro is a man that has walked the walk and had a successful power lifting career. Just google the metabolic diet and see all the great reviews from people that have had success with it. The fact that it is still a popular book today shows you just how well this dieting  principle works.

Dave Palumbo    

Dave Palumbo was over 300lbs on stage at 1 or 2 % body fat when he competed as a Body-builder. Known for his column in a bodybuilding magazine writing as ‘The Anabolic Freak’ Dave is another man that has been there and do it all. Dave has worked with literally thousands of people getting ready for physique competitions and is a bit of a Nutritional Guru. If you can stick with his diet, you will achieve your dream physique.

Strong Lifts 5×5   

 Strong lifts 5×5 is a website dedicated to the basics. Lift heavy, lift consistently, eat whole foods and eat enough, And to be honest this works. Some times you can over think things. Many people, myself included spend too much time thinking of making the perfect routine and diet, and trying to incorporate the best of the rest to create our own unique program that’s going to produce the most amazing results ever! In reality, if we stick to the basics and stuck to them consistently we would improve dramatically.  Strong lifts is a basic. solid program that most people  can use and do well with.

Nutrition & Fat Loss

Nutrition is a huge topic and the more you learn the more you don’t know. Does that make sense? I don’t know. What I do know is that there will always be a debate as to the best diet. This is because of a few reasons that include factors such individual differences, environmental differences, lifestyle differences etc and that is not to mention the millions of pounds of pure profit that is made by keeping consumers guessing.  In this section I will provide my own ideas on nutrition along with articles from people in the industry that have proven results.

 I have included fat loss as part of this section because I believe nutrition to be the most important factor if fat loss. Although we should all be looking for the best nutrition to keep us healthy and disease free, most of us just want to loose some fat and look good


    Nutrition & FatLoss Information 

 

 
Fat Loss Tips Overview
A Quick Look At Diets
BodyBuilding Diets



Live Longer Live Stronger recommended people

Experts To Keep You Living Longer And Staying Stronger.

Below are some useful people and web sites that I have found good solid information from with regards to getting or staying healthy. Below are some of the worlds leading minds in fields such as Fat loss and muscle building diets and weight training, healing with nutrition, herbs, and healthy life choices. I have added a bit about why I like each section. These people are not paying to be here, this is purely a resource page of people i have personally found to be of great help. Check them out and take from them the information to help you. . If you know of a valuable resource that is not on here email me and I’ll check it out. Share the knowledge! Enjoy the Health

 

 

  Rob Regish
Expertise:
Nutrition, Body Recomposition, Fat Loss, weight training Supplementation, Nutrition and more

I only found out about Rob fairly recently, where else buy on Super human Radio!!! Carl Lanore runs the best overall health and longevity radio station currently in the world. No exaggeration.  Any way, Rob Regish comes across as a man that has been there, tried it, tested it and made the mistakes and has now reached and helped others to reach extra ordinary physiques and performance for their specific sports or goals. This means Rob now he has the best advice to offer people, scientific + experience. Rob has done allot of research on weight training, nutrition and lots more and has come up with what looks like a fantastic Training/supplement/nutrition protocol which he calls ‘The Blue Print. He is building an army with fanatical followers of his work all gaining amazing results following Robs Blue Print Protocols. I highly recommend Rob, so much so that I have created another page with some info about Rob and some testimonials.  Rob Regish Profile Page  Check Rob and the Blue Print out if you are looking to improve your looks and performacnce!

Tony Pantalleresco.

Expertise: Herbalist, Alchamist, Nutrition, Health Polotics and more

Here he is again. When I was thinking of putting this page together I was thinking about the men you will see below that I have read articles from and listened to, some over years and some more recently, but all with good, solid information that tweaked my interest or taught me something new. It wasn’t until I listened to one of Tony’s older shows recently when I remembered just how much great information he has when it comes to all things nutritional. Tony has done consultations for body-builders over in Canada and deals with people on a daily basis with all kinds of ailments from fat accumulation issues to colds to cancer. He understands nutrition and the human body so well that he always seems to be a few steps ahead of the ‘health industry, which is normally years ahead of the mainstream media…. One thing that impresses me with Tony is that he never gets court up with the hype of any particular product or new super food or super nutrient! He looks at the science and research behind it and makes up his own mind. Ask him about omega 3 oils, and he will tell you right out what he thinks of the modern to praise fish oil supplements for impeccable health!! No BS just straight to the point with facts and no bias.

Take a look at him on youtube by searching for HERBSPLUSBEADSWORK. There are over 40 videos up I believe. You can follow his radio shows on www.themicroeffect.com and you can find LOOOOOADS of information oh his site http://augmentinforce.50webs.com/ where you can also find his radio show scripts, telephone number for information or consultations, his shops address, and the list goes on.

 

Dr Peter Rouse

Expertise: Nutrition, physical training, supplements, Drugs (many topics)

Peter is a man that talks the talk and walks the walk. Peter is actively working with people every day with is performance Centre. Peter practices functional medicine and prefers the natural way to drugs for health. Really, Peter likes to use WHAT WORKS, and this as we know is real NUTRITION. Again, I found Peter through Super Human Radio and when you hear him speak it doesn’t take any time to realise that he is an intelligent man that knows what he is talking about. If you check out his blog site http://coachrouse.wordpress.com/ you will find a ton of great information on training, supplements, nutrition etc but also other topics are highlighted like the governments plan to take away our right to supplements and even herbs and spices!!!

Anyway check out coach Rouse and you will not be disappointed.

 

Robb Wolf

Expertise: Biochemist, Nutrition specialising in ancesteral diet for improving MANY diseases.

Robb Wolf is someone I found fairly recently. I had heard him on radio before but recently found his Paleo Solutions Podcast. I have not read Rob’s book yet, I have just ordered it but after listening to hours of information from him I know it’s going to be good. Rob is a bio chemist that has a real understanding of how nutrition works in the body. Not only that but he comes across very grounded, down to earth and speaks in layman’s termsand not in a purely scientific manner, which for allot of people can be hard to follow. The message is simple with Robb, Eat more vege, meat,fruit and some nuts, DON’T eat Grains, Legumes, milk, beans and anything containing gluten = suffer less health problems and therefore essentially live longer, perform better and look better. Behind this simple message is an impressive depth of knowledge and I think anyone will take something positive from reading / listening to Mr Wolf. http://robbwolf.com/

 

Paul Chek

Expertise:Nutrition, life coach, training. Paul has knowledge on many many many subjeects.

Whacky, genius, living legend, nut-case and many more phrases have been used to describe Paul Chek. I have listened to Paul give interviews and i can see why he gets branded so many titles but I can honestly say he is a mound of knowledge. Paul can talk of a ridiculous number of topics with the best in the business. Some know him as the guy that made standing on a Swiss ball whilst squatting weights famous, but Paul’s has so much more to him. I have added more information to his own page so CLICK HERE to find out more and get links to Paul’s web sites.

 

 

Dr Mauro Di Pasqual

Expertise: Nutrition and training. Conventional Doctor

Best known for the Metabolic diet Mauro has a whole list of honours under his belt. This is from his site – I hold an honours degree in biological science, majoring in molecular biochemistry and genetics (1968), and a medical degree (1971) – both from the University of Toronto. I am certified as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC), and as a Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS) by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). I am also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. All impressive im sure you will agree but what is more impressive to me is the way Mauro comes across on the radio. He gives information straight up and is a little easier to follow thank Dr Connelly.

Mauro with all this behind him and with all he has achieved still comes across as very grounded and will reply to emails personally and will offer extra help if you have questions about his diet or supplements. Well worth checking out his web site and just look around the internet and you will find thousands of people that have had great success on his metabolic diet and anabolic diet. http://www.metabolicdiet.com/

 

Dr Scott Connelly

Expertise: Nutrition, Fat Loss, Muscle Gain. conventional Doctor and ex owner/ founder on MetRX

Dr Scott Connelly will probably not need any introduction to gym buffs. The founder of MetRX and the face of Progenex, Scott is a man with many life achievements behind him. A regular on the Heavy Muscle Radio Show with Dave Palumbo and Super Human Radio with Carl Lanore, Dr Connelly is a world leader in applied dairy science. A summa cum laude graduate in neuro-physiology from Boston University, Dr. Connelly has distinguished his career in anaesthesiology, internal medicine, intensive care and cardiovascular medicine.

I could go on and on, needless to say you will find out tons of information from listening to Dr Connelly. From allot of what you might call ‘serious medicine’ Dr connelly has some very interesting science on body composition. Dr Connelly spends most of his time talking with his peer sit seems and some times can be hard to follow when listening to him on the radio, but it is well worth listening to him as all the information he gives is valuable. If your looking to loose fat, prevent or even REVERSE diabetes then take a look at the BodyRX website listen below and listen to some of the archived Heave Muscle Radio shows over on www.rxmuscle.con . In Dr Connelly’s words “a calorie is not a calorie” Dr Connelly has books out and a new radio pod cast called bodyRX which is a must listen show. Find all the information you need on Dr Scott Connelly’s website http://www.bodyrx.com/tm I advise you to check it out…. It could save your life!!!

 

Will Brink – Welcome to the Brink Zone

Expertise: Nutrition and Training

Will Brink is someone I have seen articles about over the years and enjoyed reading but I have never actually followed him or researched him. Recently I found his site http://www.brinkzone.com/ And I signed up to his news letter. Will has an impressive back ground, having written for most of the top body building and fitness magazines as well as being one of the first people to bring some of the most commonly used sports supplements today to the masses, such as creatine.

On his web site Will has lots of video clips where its just him talking about the science and facts of many supplements. Here is a clip I like, a simple thing that most weekend warriors ignore about creatine http://www.brinkzone.com/?s=creatine I like the fact that Will sits in front of the camera, all very informal and there for the world to see. I think it makes him seem more trustworthy! Any way, lots of video clips and information there so check him out and learn some stuff!

 

Mike Mahler

Expertise:Kettle Bell Training, Nutrition, Vegan Nutrition

Mike is another man I have read articles from etc and enjoyed but never followed up. Mike too has written for many popular bodybuilding and fitness magazines. It was Recently that I have heard him on Super Human Radio and found him to be more than just another so called guru talking about how many grams of protein you need to build muscle! . Mike has some good functional training and diet philosophies and doesn’t just talk about hard core weight training and building muscle. Mike uses natural products such as herbs and spices and amino acid to help detoxify the body, reduce inflammation, balance hormones and he talks about health and longevity too. I like this about mike and that is why he is here. I will be doing some more research on mike as I have not read all of his training articles but i look forward to doing so in my time off over Christmas. Check him out here – http://www.mikemahler.com/

 
 
 

I found out about the Life Extension Group on Carl Lanore’s Super human Radio. They really know their science and their forum is a great place to go to communicate with some great minds. Rather than me try to explain what they are about, here is the first bit of their info from their page.

“The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit organization, whose long-range goal is the extension of the healthy human lifespan. In seeking to control aging, our objective is to develop methods to enable us to live in vigor, health and wellness for an unlimited period of time. The Life Extension Foundation was officially incorporated in 1980, but its founder has been involved in anti aging research since the 1960s.

The Life Extension Foundation is the largest organization dedicated to investigating every method of extending the healthy human life span. When seeking methods to slow aging, The Foundation often uncovers potential anti-aging supplements to treat conditions associated with aging”

I will say that looking at their site it is easy to think they are just another company looking for an angle to sell supplements. I believe there is more to them than that. The research they have done is at the forefront on the longevity science that is about right now and a side effect of their quest has lead to discoveries of various better modes of testing for certain diseases and natural ways to fight against chronic disease with an emphasis on nutrition and plant based supplements.

If you join up for their magazine you get a few months free PLUS you get access to their doctors via the phone or email AND you get to sit in on free webinars. I have not joined myself (cash is tight) but I will very soon. I am in the UK but I will still phone them if I need advise.

Check it out and give me your feed back.

The Natural Nurse Ellen Kamhi

Expertise: Nuturopathic medicine, and intergrated knowledge of modern nursing

Ellen is another person I was introduced to via Super Human Radio. I was trying to get in contact with Jay Kordich to be on a show dedicated to the late great Jack lalanne but That didn’t happen. When I listened to the show I have never heard of Ellen before. I was pleasantly surprised to hear how well informed, and full of life she is. Some juicing people are very energetic but don’t really explain the science or bio chemmistry behind what’s going on when we juice fruits and vegetables, but Ellen is loaded with information. I have one of her books now (Arthritis: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide) to and it is a great read, easy to understand and you get educated whilst you read.

Ellen isn’t just a juice person she has lots of qualifications under her belt but more importantly that she has actively worked with many many patients and See’s results first hand. Check Ellen outat her website http://www.naturalnurse.com/

Researchers reveal way to optimise antioxidant levels in baked goods

Researchers reveal way to optimise antioxidant levels in baked goods

Post a commentBy Jane Byrne , 07-Dec-2010

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A method involving rapid baking at lower temperatures coupled with the addition of acidulents could increase residual natural source antioxidants in baked foods, new research has found

The authors, who published their findings in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, found that blue corn-containing cookies baked with citric acid in a convection oven retained the maximum total anthocyanin content (TAC).

“Cookies serve as a satisfactory model for baked food systems to demonstrate how manipulating ingredients and processing conditions can improve anthocyanin retention yet retain acceptable cookie properties,” concluded the researchers.

The authors explained that blue corn (maize) contains high levels of anthocyanins – pink to purple water-soluble flavonoids that are naturally occurring pigments in many fruits and red wine and have claimed health benefits.

In both in vitro and in vivo studies, anthocyanins tend to reduce cancer cell proliferation and inhibit tumour formation, report the team, who added that research has demonstrated that anthocyanins also protect against cardiovascular disease.

However, anthocyanins are sensitive to degradation by high pH, light and temperature, and the researchers said the focus of their study was thus on how pH changes (acidulents) and oven type affect the residual anthocyanin content of cookies containing blue corn.

Method

A cookie formula with a high level of blue corn was developed with added acidulents including citric acid, lactic acid and glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) and baked in ovens with different heat transfer coefficients.

An electric reel oven, a gas forced convection oven and an electric impingement oven were used to bake the cookies.

The best whole-grain blue corn flour/wheat pastry flour ratio (80:20 w/w), guar gum level (10 g kg−1, flour weight basis) and water level (215 g kg−1, flour weight basis) were determined based on response surface methodology analysis.

Acidulents were added to lower the pH in the cookies and reduce the decomposition of anthocyanins during baking.

Results

Generally, the convection oven was more efficient in baking and retaining TAC in the blue corn cookies than was the reel oven.

“If the cookies were baked at 177°C for 7 min (TAC 130 mg kg1) in the convection oven, the TAC remaining in the cookies was higher than when baking at the same temperature in the reel oven (115 mg kg1),” found the researchers.

They said that this factor was explained by the higher heat transfer efficiency in the convection oven, which allows more heat-sensitive anthocyanins to survive during the shorter time.

Based on product properties (diameter spread and surface character), 182°C and 4 min were identified as the baking conditions to retain both maximum TAC and the desired cookie characteristics,” concluded the team.  

They added that GDL, citric acid and lactic acid all increased residual TAC in both the cookie dough and the final cookies but citric acid, with three replaceable hydrogen ions, retained the highest level of anthocyanin content in the cookies.

And the researchers maintain that the same procedure can be used to increase residual natural source antioxidants in other baked foods.

Source: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Published online ahead of print: DOI 10.1002/jsfa.4173
Title: Acidulant and oven type affect total anthocyanin content of blue corn cookies
Authors: J. Li, C. E. Walker, J. M. Faubion

Original article can be found HERE

Virgin Coconut Oil

 

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconuts for many people are what we have in the occasional curry or cocktail, but for millions of people covering many countries, religions and cultures, the humble coconut is a source of food, medicine and / or revenue. There are may websites claiming to sell the purest grade virgin coconut oil that will help to loose fat, fight infections, ease eczema, soften your hair, improve your skin and much more. 

   I have personally never had the pleasure of using pure Virgin (unrefined) Coconut oil.  When I first read about coconut oil I went out and bought a tub only to find it was refined and didn’t posses the fine health building properties that the unrefined oil has. I will get around to purchasing some good quality Virgin oil and I will report back with my results.  Until then, I can tell you that Coconut oil does contain lauric acid, which is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Lauric acid is a MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and is used fast and effectively by the body and does not seem to raise cholesterol.

  Do some reading and you will find out for yourself how this once shunned oil has MAY pretty impressive health benefits.   If you have had any personal experience using Virgin Coconut  Oil, good OR bad,  that you would like to share with other people, please email me at and let me know.  Until then, below is some information and some links for you to look at and enjoy.

Coconut

(Cocos nucifera)

 

Copied from the coconut research center, you can read here

 

The Tree of Life

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means “nut-bearing.”

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers.

Coconut In Traditional Medicine

People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

Coconut In Modern Medicine

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below: 

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.

  • Helps control dandruff.

  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.

  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.

See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.

Coconut Oil

While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it’s the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.

Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.

Coconut oil has been described as “the healthiest oil on earth.” That’s quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?

The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The first you are probably familiar with, is based on saturation. You have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).

The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA.

The size of the fatty acid is extremely important. Why? Because our bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from those of LCFA more commonly found in our foods. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants (including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA.

MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.

There are only a very few good dietary sources of MCFA. By far the best sources are from coconut and palm kernel oils.

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This website is for educational purposes only. The information supplied here comes from a variety of sources and authors and not every statement made has been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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