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 supports a healthy metabolism.
Coconut Oil Has a Thermogenic or Calorie Burning Effect
When humans replace the traditional fats they are eating with foods rich with MCFAs, they are better supporting a healthy body. MCFAs in coconut oil have been shown to support energy levels; potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term. (5)