HCG Diet Recipes: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil in Chocolate Delight
One of the most popular hCG diet approved recipes is a homemade chocolate bar – Chocolate Delight (aka Cocoa Crack). This chocolate treat is not only delicious but very healthy thanks to its primary ingredient: coconut oil. Often promoted as a “superfood” coconut oil offers amazing health benefits.
Supports the immune system – Studies have show that coconut oil can help our bodies build resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Coconut oil is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It can also can help to fight off yeast, fungus, and candida.
Supports Insulin and Thyroid Function – Coconut oil can help improve insulin use within the body and boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It also improves digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Reduces Cholesterol – Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, a type of medium chain triglyceride (MCT). It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.
Supports Weight Loss – Coconut oil contains special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Studies have shown that breaking down these types of healthy fats in the liver leads to efficient burning of energy. One 2009 study found that women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 3 months not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is not only difficult to lose, but also contributes to health risks including heart problems.
Prevents Aging – Coconut oil has an antioxidant effect in the body, which can prevent signs of aging in the skin. After taking 2 Tbs of coconut oil per day for several weeks most dieters notice that their skin becomes much softer. Some even report that they no longer need to apply body lotion to their previously dry skin as their skin has become moisturized from the inside out.