Coconut oil is known for its numerous health benefits. It needs no introduction to how it works its magic on skin, hair and beauty. However, did you know that it helps a great deal in improving your overall health too, when consumed regularly? Many studies suggest that coconut oil can reduce the symptoms of type2 diabetes. Before delving deeper into how amazing coconut oil is, let’s learn some fascinating facts about it.
- It helps stabilize sugar levels in the bloodstream.
- It helps in the digestion process.
- It helps immensely in reversing type 2 diabetes.
- It has anti-oxidant properties.
- Promotes weight loss.
- Lauric acid in coconut oil fights and kills away pathogens and fungi. This is beneficial as diabetics can get infections more easily than others.
- It helps to lose weight.
Read further to know these in detail, and you can start extracting these benefits of coconut oil for diabetes, for yourself too.
Being a chronic disease, diabetes sneaks out when our pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or utilize the insulin which has been produced leading to a high concentration of glucose in the cellular blood. Irrespective of the age factor, diabetes has victims from all age groups.
Type 1 diabetes is majorly detected in children, which is mainly caused due to the inability of the body to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes has victims of elder ages mostly the ones with obesity & having low physical activity. In this particular type, your body is unable to utilize the amount of insulin(1) which has been produced by the pancreas.
With an estimated 8.7% of the diabetic population between 20-70 years, India has a challenge of increasing diabetics due to urbanization in addition to inert lifestyles and unhealthy habits.
Obesity and lack of physical activity are the risk factors for diabetes. So physical exercises perform a great role in fighting diabetes. In addition, if necessary changes are made in one’s diet plan as well, the effectiveness of the treatment is enhanced.
Why Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is one of the proven household solutions that can be added to your ‘fight with diabetes’ plan.
Though it is widely used in South Asian food, it is a tad tough but it is indeed, necessary for all diabetics to include coconut oil(2) in their diet.
Studies suggest 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil daily for both men & women as an effective dose. One can begin from one Tablespoon & gradually boost up to 2.5 tablespoons depending upon calorie intake.
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Studies have shown that coconut oil has an effect on reducing obesity even when the study subjects were not prescribed for physical exercise.
Coconut oil can enter smartly in your kitchen when using it for sautéing veggies for salad or coating up the baking items with coconut oil instead of butter.
How to use coconut oil for diabetes?
All you have to do is substitute one portion of oil or butter with coconut oil in by 1: 1 proportion.
Here is one of the recipes for coconut oil mayonnaise, to add a little bit of tasty to your taste buds while taking care of your diabetic health
- On slow setting, blend 2 egg yolks at room temperature with one tablespoon of lemon juice & mustard.
- While blending drizzle ¾ cup of coconut oil in the mixture and then 1 more tablespoon of lemon juice. Now add salt and pepper to taste in the mixture and coconut mustard is ready.
You are free to substitute it with yogurt, too!
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On the whole,
Coconut as a whole is considered to be a blessing to humankind. Why? Simply because it has been proved that each and every part of a coconut tree is useful to mankind.
Coconut milk and coconut oil are very beneficial for patients with diabetes. They just need to be really careful with the times and amounts that they are planning on including it in their diet. Yes, the saturated fat it contains has been a debatable fact with diabetics, but you need to know that they are all useful.
1. Is Coconut Oil for Diabetes a Good Suggestion?
Ans. Yes. Many scientific studies and medical researchers have proved that coconut oil is a necessity for diabetics’ meal. It is to be used every once in a while.
2. Can I Start with 2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil per Day?
Ans. Direct addition of coconut oil is not prescribed as it can lead to nausea & loose motions if you are not using coconut oil in your diet already.
3. Is It Helpful for Type 2 Diabetes as Well?
Ans. Yes. It is in fact, is vital for type 2 diabetes patients. If used carefully in diets, it can help immensely in controlling the blood sugar levels.