Coconut milk, the effects on weight and metabolism

Coconut milk, the effects on weight and metabolism

Among the tastiest alternatives to cow's milk, thanks to medium-chain fatty acids it is considered a special ally of physical fitness

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Considered one of the healthiest and tastiest alternatives to cow's milk, coconut milk is made from the pure white pulp of the unmistakable nuts. Distinguished by a thick and creamy consistency, it brings benefits that it is useful to investigate.

Noteworthy in this regard are the effects of medium-chain fatty acids, among which it is possible to include capric acid and caprylic acid. Unlike long-chain fatty acids, medium-chain fatty acids pass directly from the digestive tract to the liver, where they are used for the production of ketone bodies.

Their properties have come under the scrutiny of scientific research several times. Among the many works carried out on this subject, it is possible to mention two cross studies whose details were published in 2014 and which involved experts from various US academic realities (e.g. Columbia University).

The teams, which started with the aim of identifying the effects of medium-chain fatty acids on appetite and food intake, found, at follow-up, that their consumption can favor a significant reduction in food intake ( this result does not appear to be affected by changes in the concentration of hormones such as insulin).

Useful to increase, albeit temporarily, fat burning and energy expenditure and lipid burning, the medium-chain fatty acids contained in coconut milk have effects that, in any case, require further investigation by the scientific community.

We could go on and on about the benefits of this drink! The effects on cholesterol levels can also be mentioned in this category. In this case, a study conducted at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka and published for the first time in 2013 can be called into question.

The aforementioned scientific work involved the recruitment of a sample of 60 healthy subjects, invited to consume coconut milk porridge 5 days a week for 8 weeks. At follow up, it was possible to note an increase in HDL cholesterol levels and a decrease in LDL bad cholesterol levels.

We conclude by recalling that coconut milk should be avoided in case of intolerance to the so-called FODMAP foods, i.e. foods that tend to undergo a fermentation process. For safety, before starting to take it, it is advisable to ask your doctor for advice.

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