CO­CONUT OIL AL­TER­NA­TIVES

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Q I had seen in some pre­vi­ous col­umns that you rec­om­mend hav­ing a ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil first thing in the morn­ing to im­prove me­tab­o­lism and im­prove gut health for im­proved well be­ing. I would love to im­prove my gut health, but the thing is that I don’t like the taste of co­conut oil, par­tic­u­larly early in the morn­ing. Can you sug­gest an op­tion for me? A I agree that some peo­ple may find it a bit dif­fi­cult to have a ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil first thing in the morn­ing. The good news is that you need not have it if you can’t han­dle the taste and smell. In­stead of co­conut oil, you can con­sider ghee, or­ganic but­ter, avo­cado, or or­ganic no-sugar peanut but­ter. The idea is to start your day with fat.

You need to make sure to avoid an in­sulin spike first thing in the morn­ing.

When you start with carbs, your sugar lev­els soar and then crash soon after, fol­lowed by you feel­ing hun­gry all through the day. In my clin­i­cal prac­tice, I have no­ticed how peo­ple feel fuller for longer and more sa­ti­ated when they start their day with fat.

The good fats also line your gut and pre­pare it to ac­cept all the nu­tri­ents that are about to be ab­sorbed all through the day. Heal­ing your gut with good fats is the first step to­wards los­ing weight, hav­ing bet­ter di­ges­tion, im­prov­ing your sleep cy­cle and re­duc­ing sugar crav­ings.

It’s a great idea to add a vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment, as this is a fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­min, so hav­ing it along with fat will en­sure bet­ter, more ef­fi­cient ab­sorp­tion.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and creator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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