You probably can’t wait even a second to try out coconut oil after hearing so much good things about it.
But before that, please spare some minutes to learn a little more about this tropical oil. Too many people have tried and gotten some bad experience with it. I don’t want you to be the next one on the list.
3 Things to Know Before Eating Coconut Oil
1. Coconut Odor
To me, the natural coconut scent in coconut oil is aromatic. But to some, they find it disgusting.
Particularly virgin coconut oil. It gives off the strongest odor of all types of coconut oil due to the retention of intrinsic phytonutrients that gives off the smell. Which also means that virgin coconut oil offers the best health benefits among the various types.
If you want to try out whether you can work with the odor of virgin coconut oil, purchase a small jar or bottle first and use it. If it’s to your liking, great, get a bigger container next time round as it’s more cost-effective. Otherwise, go for RBD coconut oil.
RBD stands for “refined, bleached and deodorized”. It means the oil has lost its innate coconut odor after going through the refining process. Its health benefits, needless to say, is slightly inferior to those of virgin coconut oil.
2. Effect of Coconut Oil on Empty Stomach
Even a seasoned coconut oil eater like me will still get diarrhea-like symptoms when I eat coconut oil on its own on empty stomach, let alone those who are just getting started.
Unless you’re so severely constipated that you need a desperate solution to move bowels, I don’t advise you to eat coconut oil that way.
No wonder some athletes who look to improving their performance whine that coconut oil breaks their performance instead, because they take it out of the jar to feed their hollow stomach.
Of course, the more you consume the stronger will be the bowel-stimulating effect.
Therefore, always add coconut oil to your food and mix them well before you chew and swallow. This can slow the breaking down of coconut oil into its individual fatty acids and glycerols that stimulate bowel movement.
Mixing coconut oil with food can also help to prevent its slightly acidic nature from scorching the back of your throat, which can lead to an inflamed tissue at the back of your throat.
3. Taking Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
You want to lose weight with coconut oil, don’t you? But some people manage to while a few others can’t. Why?
Let’s say you consume 1500 kcal and your body is always burning off 1500 kcal per day. You get to maintain your weight. No gain, no loss.
Imagine now you add one tablespoon of coconut oil to your diet in the hope of effecting burning of fat to help you shed off some mass. One tablespoon of the oil equates to about 126 kcal. That means you’re taking in 1626 kcal now.
If coconut oil boosts your metabolism in the way that burns off more calories than what it contributes, say 150 kcal, then you’ll lose weight. Otherwise, you’ll gain.
So, to effect weight loss with coconut oil, you need to cut back on the calories of other foods while adding coconut oil to your diet so that your total calorie intake per day remains unchanged.
And when coconut oil elevates your metabolism, you can then burn more than what you eat. You’ll lose weight as a result.