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Quote of the Day: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Song of the Day: Down Hearted – B.B. King

Exercise of the Day: Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Affirmation: “I am kind and my kindness grows daily.”

Tip: The truth about coconut oil. Coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the giant nut. About 84% of its calories come from saturated fat. To compare, 14% of olive oil’s calories are from saturated fat and 63% of butter’s calories are from saturated fat, just to give you an idea. But there may be a saving grace. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is made up mostly of medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs. Some people say your body handles them differently than the longer-chain fats in liquid vegetable oils, dairy, and fatty meats. Per the American Heart Association you should limit saturated fats to 13 grams a day but that’s the amount in one tablespoon of coconut oil. There have been studies that suggest the MCT-saturated fat in coconut could boost your HDL or “good” cholesterol. This, they claim, makes it less bad for your heart health than the saturated fat in animal-based foods like cheese and steak or products containing trans fats. However, it does also raise your LDL or “bad” cholesterol as well. If you ask me, why not just stick to olive oil? It’s just as delicious and we know it’s heart healthy. Is coconut oil better than saturated fat from animals? Yes. But is it better than using olive oil? Not quite.

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