Coconut oil used to get a bad rap due to its high saturated fats content. Yes, coconut oil contains as much as 90% of saturated fats, but what is often overlooked is that not all saturated fats are "bad". Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) named Lauric acid, Caprylic acid and Caprice acid. Unlike the "bad" long chain saturated fatty acids, these medium chain saturated fats do not contribute to artery clogging, cardiovascular disease and obesity. In fact, these MCTs actually helps lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
A study comparing female rats fed with normal-fat diet versus high-fat diet plus coconut oil for seven weeks has shown that the adipose tissue (fat storage tissue) reduced significantly in the high-fat diet plus coconut oil group than in the normal-fat diet. Without going to much detail in the whole metabolic process, this lowering effect occurred via stimulation of UCP-1 protein from coconut oil consumption.
High Lauric acid content of coconut oil has also been shown to inactivate/kill many types of dangerous bacteria, fungi (including Candida that causes yeast infection) and virus.
The other good news is coconut oil can improve dog's digestion and nutrient absorption. It also helps us dogs to lose weight by gently elevates our metabolism. Coconut oil provides a higher level of energy and vitality, while at the same time protects you from illness and speeds healing process.
If all those benefits are still not convincing enough, here is another one, coconut oil consumption can help improve Dog's skin and coat condition and reduces allergic reactions. Lets be honest who wouldn't want to have luscious hair like Jared Leto. You can also apply it to your dog's hot spots, cuts/wounds and dry skin. Obi can personally attest its effectiveness in soothing irritated skins.
So what are you waiting for? Make some Pina Doglada to celebrate Christmas eve. Note: Pineapple is good for dog but please only give them only the flesh and only in small quantity (do not let them eat the core). Also give our Barking Obito dog treats a try because we use Coconut oil in all our wheat-free biscuits.
On the behalf of Barking Obito team, I would like to wish you all a very wonderful Christmas and a PAWsitive & exciting new year.
ps: We are currently working with various experts in Dogs health and training areas to share more educational information with you, so please keep an eye on our next year blogpost.
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