Coconut Oil's Effect On The GI Tracts

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Coconut oil’s Effect on the GI Tracts of Dogs

Coconut oil has been used in human nutrition and medicine for centuries. Each of the benefits which can be applied to humans also hold true for most animals as well. In the discussion to follow, the benefits of coconut oil on the GI tract, focusing on weight control, will be discussed. The findings for this article opened a larger realization of the many benefits coconut water hold as well. Coconut oil happens to be a medium-chain triglyceride which is composed of saturated fatty acids. Medium-chain triglycerides have been found to contain many benefits which trump over the long-chain triglycerides which are more commonly consumed.

Medium-chain triglycerides are occasionally found to be overall healthier than its longer relative due to the most basic attribute: length. The shorter the chain the easier it is absorbed in the GI tract and can be metabolized more easily and become readily available to its
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Since coconut oil happens to be a medium-chain triglyceride, it will not be stored in the body as fat which triggers the bodies thermogenesis response, burning fat. A canine which may be falling in to a 4-6 BCS may benefit mildly from this addition or substitution for dietary fat/oil. Medium-chain triglycerides have also been found to suppress mammalian appetite. This can also aid in weight control decreasing the caloric intake of the animal (Ward Dean, 16).

While another aid in lowering weight in a dog may be tackling the bad bacteria in a canine’s GI tract. Candida has been proven affected by Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO), in one study: “changed from equivocal to negative in Candidiasis patient”, when describing the effects of adding EVCO (DebMandal). In a second study,” Coconut oil reduced colonization even when the diet also contained beef tallow”, also when referring to its effects on Candida
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