Forget about cream and sugar, have you ever tried adding a little coconut oil to your morning cup of coffee?
It sounds odd, if not disgusting, but many coffee drinkers swear by it.
A tablespoon of coconut oil is melted into freshly pressed or brewed black coffee, which not only adds a bit of coconut flavor to your cup of java, but also gives you a dose of health benefits that make your coffee even better.
In this guide, we go over some of the more prominent health benefits of adding coconut oil to your coffee.
Healthy Energy Boost
OK, so the coffee alone should be enough to give you a surge of adrenaline.
But it’s not the coffee itself that gives you energy, and it’s not the calories in the coffee either—how could it when a cup of black coffee has a mere 2 calories?
What gives you the energy boost is caffeine—but you already knew that, right? It’s an effective stimulant, keeping your mind active and alert even when you’ve only had a few hours of sleep. But if you want to turn things up a notch, try coconut oil.
Composed of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which a good biologically inert source of energy easily metabolized by the body, coconut oil is a healthy source of ‘instant’ fuel that isn’t stored as fat.
Consuming high levels of MTCs also helps accelerate metabolic conversion. Unlike conventional dietary fat (LCTs), which have the same chemical structure of body fat, MCT oil is processed by the liver and directly converted into energy. Instead of our bodies storing it as fat, the calories in MCTs are used immediately by fuel instead of being stored as body fat and adding to your waistline.
One 12-week study found that a daily dietary supplement of oils with MTCs (either soybean oil or coconut oil) led to a significant loss in both waist circumference and body mass index (BMI).
The study’s researchers also found an increase of “good” HDL cholesterol among test subjects who used coconut oil, while those who ingested soybean oil showed no difference.
Stronger Immune System
Almost half of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid, the same super-healthy natural fat found in breast milk.
A study conducted by HEAL Foundation revealed that Lauric Acid is converted to Monolaurin, a biologically active molecule that kills disease-causing fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
The natural antimicrobial of lauric acid can boost your immune system, making you less prone to illnesses like the common cold and the flu.
Various studies also suggest lauric acid as a potential fighting agent against avian flu, swine flu, cold sores, fever blisters, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), and even HIV/AIDS. It has also been used to help prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
There are countless studies on the health benefits of coconut oil. But don’t take our word for it, try it yourself!
Instead of having an espresso or a regular cup of coffee during the morning, add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil your cup of Joe for a natural kick of healthy sweetness.
Some people add other flavors to the mix like vanilla or cinnamon, but that’s completely up to you. If you like it sweet, try adding coconut sugar to give it more of a coconuty flavor. Some people just let the coconut oil melt naturally in the hot coffee, but if you blend it, you get coffee with a rich and creamy texture without the need for creamer or milk.