What are the Metabolic Health Differences of Eating the Fats in Coconut and MCT Oil?

Saturated fats make up 35% of total fat intake in the US (1). Intakes were believed to remain the same between 1909 and 2000, but between 1995-2005, intake levels declined (2). From 1960 to 2000, intake of polyunsaturated fats increased significantly (3). As intake of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) from coconut and MCT oil is relatively low in the US diet, intake of long-chain saturated fatty acids (LCFAs) predominates total intake of saturated fat.

Why worry about differences in saturated fats? Shouldn’t I limit them anyway?

Dietary guidelines have focused largely on limiting saturated fats as a whole – and do not clarify what type of saturated fat they are talking about. After reading about how differently these short and medium chain fats […]

Why Coconut Oil Made its Remarkable Comeback

New coconut products appear everywhere you turn.

Starbucks now offers coconut milk as an option, even potato chip companies are starting to come back to cooking with coconut oil.

Why are so many people coming back to coconut products?

In the areas where the coconut tree grows naturally, it is referred to as the “Tree of Life”. It’s medicinal properties date back over 5,000 years. Ancient people in India, Sri Lanka and the Phillippines used just about every part of the coconut tree, just like how Native Americans had used every part of the American buffalo for food, weaponry, and spiritual purposes.

So how could the coconut tree be called the “Tree of Life” in some portions of the world, but so vilified by the United States for most of the 20th century?

The answer […]

Fast Caffeine Metabolizers Can Still Be Sensitive to Coffee – Here’s Why

You may know someone who seems to be able to drink all of the caffeine they want and sleep like a baby each night.

For others, a sip of coffee taken after lunch could give them insomnia all night.

Caffeine is metabolized by a liver enzyme coded by the gene CYP1A2. If you carry 1 or two “bad” copies of this gene, it will slow your ability to process your caffeine intake – and you may be more sensitive than someone else.

Chris Kresser, LAc recently made an excellent review of how coffee can be good or bad for you based on whether you are a fast or slow metabolizer of caffeine. According to Kresser, slow metabolizers of caffeine may be at higher risk of heart disease, high […]