Coconut oil in coffee boosts metabolism, helps shed pounds

August 03, 2019
Coconut oil in coffee

AS we age, our metabolism diminishes. This is the reason why adults and those above 60 should increase their fiber intake.

Some people take brewed coffee (not instant or 3-in-1) to increase their metabolism. As you know, coffee is not only a great source of caffeine that provides a convenient boost of energy but also has many beneficial antioxidants and nutrients.

Brewed coffee packs a number of health benefits such as improved metabolism, and when consumed moderately, it protects your heart.

But here’s a secret to further increase safely your metabolism as you enjoy your cup of brewed coffee in the morning. The secret we’re referring to here is making your coffee a powerful fat burner. This is by simply adding a few common ingredients in your kitchen — coconut oil, cinnamon and honey. If you mix these ingredients into your coffee, you’ll easily drop a few extra pounds without having to make any dietary or lifestyle changes.

Coconut oil is largely considered a natural laxative which means it helps to improve your digestion. This is because of coconut oil’s lauric acid which can actually help fight germs and bacteria.

Is this really healthy or safe? Here’s some explanation by registered dietician Ryan Raman.

Raman said adding coconut oil to your coffee can help you reach or maintain ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body uses ketones — molecules produced from fat breakdown — as fuel instead of glucose, a type of sugar.

Maintaining ketosis on a ketogenic diet has been linked to health benefits like weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and reduced heart disease risk factors. And with coconut oil, it can help you stay in ketosis as it’s loaded with fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCT oils are more easily converted to ketones than long-chain triglycerides, another type of fat found in foods.

What’s more, coconut oil is high in calories, providing 121 calories per tablespoon (14 grams). Most people who add it to coffee tend to use two tablespoons — an extra 242 calories.

If this doesn’t sound like much, note that it would take a 155-pound (70-kg) person nearly 50 minutes of walking at a brisk pace (3.5 miles or 5.6 km per hour) to burn that many calories.

Additionally, while the combined effect of coconut oil and coffee may slightly boost your metabolism, it’s more likely to make you gain weight if you don’t account for the added calories.

However, this concoction may have some drawbacks such as replacing a more nutritious meal and adding too many calories. And certain medical conditions may make it necessary to limit your fat intake.

To be clear and if you want to try coconut oil in your cup of joe, start small by adding one tablespoon (14 grams) to hot coffee and stirring it thoroughly to ensure that the oil incorporates well.

Avoid adding too much coconut oil too quickly, especially if you follow a low- to moderate-fat diet, as it may cause nausea and laxative-like symptoms.