For centuries coconuts have provided sustenance and numerous health benefits to the people living in tropical regions. The juicy fruit has many components (flesh, oil, milk, and water) which give it different nutritional values. Coconut oil has been well documented in Ayurvedic medicine writings that date back over 4000 years ago causing it to slowly spread throughout the world. Unfortunately in the 1950s a researcher published academic papers that had no scientific backing, condemned coconut oil and other saturated (good fat) oils due to them supposedly increasing cardiovascular disease that plagued the United States. Fortunately it has been disproven and in recent decades coconut oil has recovered from the damage done to its reputation causing intensive research to occur.
Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for those suffering from diabetes and others that seek a healthier lifestyle. Diabetics should include the oil into their meals because in the correct portions it lowers blood sugar levels and the glycemic index of foods cooked in it. If consumed properly it can potentially decrease insulin resistance and increase sugar tolerance. One tablespoon (tbsp.) has: 117 calories, 14 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of protein.
Weight loss has also been attributed to the oil; proper consumption has shown an increase in metabolism (also improves insulin functions) and it helps control cravings. The oil is processed inside the body for energy without the need of any insulin. One of the causes of cardiovascular disease is not enough energy due to insulin not functioning properly. That is why this disease is the leading cause of death in those afflicted with diabetes.
Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid which provides the body with anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and anti-fungal properties. These help kill off bacteria that produce ulcers and stomach cancer. The oil is highly recommended in any diabetic diet for its incredible benefits that help produce energy and weight loss in which they become highly susceptible to cardiovascular disease. As always please consult with a nutritionist before making any significant changes to your diet.