By Armen Hareyan
A staggering 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and that number is on the rise with close to 2 million new diabetes diagnoses every year. You might be surprised to learn that coconut oil is a helpful dietary addition to the diabetic’s diet.
A study done in 2009 at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia found that a diet rich in coconut oil protected against insulin resistance. By ingesting just ½ to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil prior to meals and snacks, many diabetics find relief from their blood sugar fluctuations and resulting symptoms, allowing them to return to a healthy lifestyle free of pinpricks and medications.
Coconut oil’s abundance of specialized saturated fats made of lauric acid provide preventative health boosting benefits, and its medium-chain fatty acids improve blood health and slow the rate by which food is digested. These fats have remarkable effects on regulating blood sugar levels and reducing spikes, thereby helping diabetics to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day. Coconut oil’s illness-preventing properties also help to maintain overall health.
Although a number of pharmaceutical drugs are available to treat diabetes, many of these drugs have harmful (and sometimes deadly) side effects. By eating a diet that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates, that combines the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fats) in every meal, and that includes minimal polyunsaturated fats, many people with diabetes have been able to treat their insulin-resistant diagnoses naturally.
Excerpted from Coconut Oil for Health by Britt Brandon.