Ask Nadia: Is Coconut Oil Good For Maintaining Blood Sugar

Nadia,

I’ve heard that coconut oil is good for maintaining blood sugar. Is this true, or did I misunderstand?

Debbie

San Diego Ca

Dear Debbie,

In the past, the benefits of coconut oil were considered controversial because some felt there was not enough evidence-based research to support the benefits of coconut oil. The concern was that the demand for the oil was falsely generated and it might just be anther fad with higher risks associated with cardio vascular disease.

Today there are many studies that have shown it to be a healthy addition to the diet. It has been demonstrated to have anti-viral properties, improving insulin absorption and to help regulate blood sugars in patients, by raising the metabolic rate. Some research shows that it boosts energy and endurance, and many cultures consider it to have medicinal properties. This is by no means an endorsement of coconut oil as a magic “cure” or treatment for diabetes, but it does seem to be a good choice for cooking and preparing food, due to the beneficial qualities attributed to this often forgotten oil.

Coconut oil is one of the most “stable” oils you can buy, so it does not turn rancid easily. It is also considered by some to be a “low fat” fat because it is broken down rapidly and used for quick energy like a carbohydrate, not stored like other fats.

You might also be interested in reading this article on how Coconut Oil Can Reduce The Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes .

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