I like coconut as much as the next person. I cook with coconut milk, fry with coconut oil, eat shredded coconut regularly. I understand it's a generally healthful food. But where did people get this idea to eat straight coconut oil?
I see coconut oil as something that one can incorporate into one's diet as one of many fat sources. But going cuckoo for coconut oil... eh. It is processed after all, it is "un-whole" as well.
Taking a spoon full of coconut oil straight with breakfast or early in the morning can really help stave off hunger through the mid afternoon. A higher far breakfast is really effective in fighting weight loss as you are less likely to overeat.
On top of that, it's delicious. It can act as an "energy bar" of sorts. I like to crush up walnuts, heat up some coconut oil (very low heat) and melt in some dark chocolate. I then pour that over the crushed walnuts in a little glass jar and put it in the freezer.
That's nearly a "fudge meltaway". Incredibly delicious and can help with pre-lifting energy if you don't want to exercise in a fasted state.
Paul Jaminet recommends fasting to induce autophagy, cell recycling, that he considers the main immune mechanism to protect from disease and aging. Mainly be recommends fasting from protein and carbs but if you need a little extra something to help keep you going during the fast to use coconut oil. It is helpful in producing ketones and won't disrupt the autophagy process - I think.
The MCTs in coconut oil stimulate glucagon production, which releases fatty acids from your fat cells and help maintain your energy levels throughout the day, especially when you haven't eaten.
I won't be sighting any studies. but from my own experience the more coconut oil I eat the more fat my body has lost, most notable is my stubborn belly fat. I would suspect for me that would indicate it either lowered my insulin or did not effect it at all. I have been taking over 1/4 cup a day for 2 weeks before that it was at least 3 tablespoons. I raised my dosage for sun protection-along with staying away from processed food and sugar.
I use coconut oil to replace energy drinks. I mix coconut oil with shredded coconut in a square or rectangular shaped dish, put it in the fridge for a few hours to set, then cut it into bite-sized squares. I eat a few of these at a time and within a few minutes my energy perks right up.
I still have that 'food reward' need for dessert after dinner, so I heat up some frozen blueberries and raspberries and stir in coconut oil and some cinnamon. Like a warm, fatty soup that melts in your mouth. Yum.
You do have a point! I have had it as a standby for IF. I often have desiccated coconut with breakfast, and recently washed, soaked and blended it before consumption, as I felt I might be missing some of the fat eating it neat. I was amazed at how much oil came out, so maybe I needn't have worried. (Washing makes sense, since the cheap stuff I buy contains SO2 stabiliser)
I only have it by the spoonful maybe once a week or less, but if I feel myself craving something naughty sweet, a little spoonful of coconut oil stops the craving dead in its tracks.
It is also a wicked appetite suppressant, and eating a bit while cooking if I'm getting overly hungry seems to prevent overeating once the meal is ready.