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A study done in Japan compared the effects of consuming long chain fatty acids or medium chain fatty acids (found in coconut oil) on the endurance of athletes: “Effect of ingestion of medium-chain triacylglycerols on moderate- and high-intensity exercise in recreational athletes.” Their conclusion: “Our data suggest that short-term ingestion of food containing a small amount of MCT suppresses the increase in blood lactate concentration and RPE (rating of perceived exertion) during moderate-intensity exercise and extends the duration of subsequent high-intensity exercise, at levels higher than those achieved by ingestion of LCT-containing food.”

Besides thermogenesis, another reason why coconut oil promotes leaner bodies without always reducing weight is its ketogenic effect. Ketones are high energy fuel that nourish the brain. Our body can produce ketones from stored fat while fasting or in starvation, but they can also be produced by converting medium chain fatty acids in certain foods. In a fasting state, the body’s use of ketones for energy prevents muscle loss. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). The high-fat ketogenic diet was originally developed at the Mayo Clinic and has been used for years at John Hopkins hosptial for certain forms of childhood epilepsy. The diet’s use is now turning to Alzheimer’s and other diseases as well. (See article here.) I think we will see much more research on this in the future, and that it will more than likely uncover more evidence of how coconut oil can help keep our bodies lean without reducing muscle mass. (source: http://coconutoil.com/coconut-oil-benefits-for-workout/ )

How is TT’s Virgin Coconut Oil differ from others found in stores?

When purchasing coconut oil, one must determine between “virgin” and “refined.” The determining characteristic of virgin coconut oils is that they are made from fresh coconuts, and they have the distinct aroma and taste of coconuts present. Tasteless coconut oils are probably made from copra, not fresh coconuts. There are also some oils that are made from copra that are not fully deodorized and have a taste to them. But these oils are refined also, despite marketing claims. You will be able to taste the difference when comparing with a Virgin Coconut Oil. There are many ways of refining coconut oil made from copra, some more beneficial than others. But virgin coconut oils start out with fresh coconuts, and do not need further refining as their natural antioxidant properties make them very stable oils. For more information about copra-based coconut oils and the different ways to make virgin coconut oils, click here.

When you buy Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are buying the highest quality coconut oil we have to offer, and it is still made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.