I eat coconut oil as my primary added fat -- over eggs and on veggies. I like the taste and am using it as a saturated fat replacement for butter. I do not however get any additional energy boost from it. My husband's office mate says he has to avoid the coconut oil at his evening meal or else it makes him too wired/energetic to sleep. I assume this is from the MCT content but wonder why I simply don't get any energy boost from it. Anybody else there get no energy from coconut oil?
Perhaps the 'energy boost' you're thinking of is what you'd feel on a 'sugar high'? You wouldn't get that with CO because it won't raise your blood sugar the way simple carbs do. Fat is a slow-digesting nutrient, rather than carbs, or even protein (which can be insulinogenic); it will give you energy for your bodily functions, but it won't give you a 'sugar rush', and, neither will it give you the subsequent 'sugar crash'.
However, the fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are metabolised by the liver and used as fuel, so they, perhaps would give you 'faster' energy than other oils, although, again, not in a 'sugar high' way.
As for your friend: CO is thermogenic & raises metabolism; it also boosts thyroid function. Some people feel these effects more acutely than others, especially people who have low thyroid function or slower metabolisms. This is just anecdotal, but someone I know who is hypothyroid feels noticeable energy increases after eating CO - her cheeks get rosy, her heart beats faster, breathing gets deeper, etc.
CO - if you have no issues with digesting it - is very beneficial, so eat away! I personally carry around some CO to snack on if I get hungry during the day; a spoonful takes care of that for me. It doesn't get me 'wired', but it sure is satisfying.
Happy Holidays! Milla
For me, coconut oil is nothing but something that is hard to digest. no matter how anti-inflammatory or what, if I can't digest it then it's useless. I wonder if anyone else also have the same problem with CO...??
For me, I do experience an energy boost or maybe a better way to put it is that it helps keep my fat metabolism burning on need. I usually take either a tablespoon or teaspoon of coconut oil in a fasted state to help prolong my fasts. So for example, I may be about to take an hour long hike or brisk walk. I will usually take a bit of coconut oil before hand. Like I said, this is done in my fasted state, so the coconut oil helps me during this time to make sure i do not get hungry or get lethargic during my walks. Seems to work pretty well for me anyway :)
I definitely get a boost. I'm not even sure it's pleasant. I get flushed and hot. It's like I'm working out while I'm sitting on the couch. I'm literally just radiating heat.
However, I also don't digest most coconut products especially well, so maybe it's an allergic reaction? Though I always assumed my reaction to coconut flour/milk was more a bit of a fructmal issue, since the problems are identical to those I have with fruits.
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