If you want to find ways to include more coconut oil in your diet, try mixing coconut oil in your tea. It will be solid at first as it melts into your tea, but as you keep stirring it will begin to melt into the tea. Add raw honey for a touch of sweeter.
If you aren't used to putting coconut oil into your coffee or smoothies, you might want to start with half a tablespoon of coconut oil and gradually build up to 1 ½ tablespoons over time. If the smell bothers you, try using a lid or adding honey.
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Green tea with coconut oil can build up your resistance to fight against viruses and disease-causing bacteria. This is because coconut oil has lauric acid that has very strong anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Green tea is known to have high levels of antioxidants. It can increase your metabolism and potentially slow down signs of aging.
If you prefer to drink cold tea, add the coconut oil while the tea is still hot. Mix well to melt the coconut oil. Once the coconut oil has melted, take the cup and put it in the refrigerator to cool off. Enjoy it once it reaches a chilled temperature.
The taste of coconut oil tea and its nutritional benefits can vary widely based on the type and quality of the coconut oil you use. Here's why the quality of the coconut oil you use matters:
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Coconut oil has been proven to boost metabolism because its primarily made up of medium-chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) speed up metabolism because they are easily digested and converted into energy unlike long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) that need to pass by the gallbladder to be broken down into simpler chains for it to be utilized for energy.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that MCFAs were three times more effective at raising the metabolism than LCFAs. Another study from the same journal again showed that eating MCFAs increases metabolism and also helps burn off stored fat.