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Which Oil Will Help You Absorb Nutrients Better?

Coconut Oil

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  • A new animal study compared the effects of feeding coconut oil (a saturated fat) versus safflower oil (a polyunsaturated fat) on the absorption of carotenoids from tomatoes; coconut oil enhanced tissue uptake of tomato carotenoids to a greater degree than safflower oil
  • The benefit may be due to coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are easily digested and have been linked to health benefits such as weight loss
  • A healthy diet, one that includes healthy fats like coconut oil, raw foods for enzymes, and fermented foods for beneficial bacteria, will work synergistically to help you absorb the most nutrients from the food you eat

By Dr. Mercola

You're probably aware that in order to absorb all of the extremely healthy fat-soluble nutrients in your food, compounds like lutein, beta-carotene and vitamin E, for instance, you've got to eat them with some fat.


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