IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR US?

Coconut oil is an excellent product to buy. It exudes exoticism, looks interesting and offers us visions of beach holidays.

Should we therefore buy it?

First let’s discuss some theory. The quality of oil or fat is judged by its building blocks, i.e its oily acids. Fatty acids consist of carbon chains that are short (up to 6 carbons), medium-long (6-12 carbons) or long (12 or more carbons).

We then recognize saturated (single carbon bonds), monounsaturated (one double bond) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (more than one double bond).

We eat healthily when the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and fatty acids predominate in the food medium-length chain.

They are usable as a source of energy and some are essential as our body does not know how to create them and needs to get them in sufficient amount of food).

It is most commonly found in plants like nuts and seeds, but also in fish.

In contrast, saturated fatty acids contribute to increase cholesterol levels or atherosclerosis (an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels in which fat is deposited in the vessel wall). Fatty acids with long chain are not used as a direct source of energy but are transported by our blood to the ditches and in that way the part is saved. It is mainly found in animal fats.

I think that at this point, the memory of the smell of coconut oil has faded in your mind, and you now remember your school lab exercises in chemistry. Excellent!

Now we can look at coconut oil uninterestedly.

Coconut oil, despite its vegetable origin, has a composition similar to animal fats. Therefore, it is stiff and should be named coconut fat. 90% of its fatty acids are saturated (by the way, butter has only 68% and lard even just 41%) and almost half of its fatty acids have a long carbon chain. Not even the presence of essential fatty acids – not worth mentioning. Much more valuable in this respect are our local oils – rapeseed and linseed. So what about coconut oil?

If you want to highlight its exoticness and coconut in a meal, calmly in the kitchen occasionally use, the world (or your healthy eating) will not shrink.

But otherwise, I would, especially in winter, move it into the bathroom. It is good for dry skin, sore spots, cracked lips or thorough relaxation.

This article is prepared for you by:

   Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
You might be interested in a free eBook: Ebook: 3 návyky pro štíhlou postavu.

TASTY & HEALTHY BANANA OAT PANCAKES

Hi GoFitters!

Weekend is coming and as temperatures outside are starting to drop, nothing is better on a lazy Saturday morning than a nice and long breakfast in bed. However, we all want to keep fit and still having our food tasty we came across an amazing recipe to prepare a banana oat pancake.

These are gluten-free, diary-free and without sugar but I can garantee you will love it! To prepare this delicious and healthy pancakes you will need just 7 ingredients and the best thing is you will be done in 15minutes!

Check out this easy and healthy recipe and make your Saturday morning tasty.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk unsweetened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons 100% Real Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats (I use Gluten-Free)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla optional
Toppings Ideas:
  • Fresh Berries
  • Maple Syrup
  • Sliced Fresh Banana 
  • Sliced Almonds or nuts
Instructions:
  1. Put in blender Almond Milk, eggs, egg white, banana, maple syrup,  oats, baking powder and salt.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once warmed, spray with non-stick cooking spray or place coconut oil or butter in skillet. Pour pancake batter into skillet in round circles.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side. Turn over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Put on your favorite toppings

Bon Appetit from your GoFit team!

 

 

WHAT ABOUT CAFFEINE AND SPORTS?

When we talk about coffee, we are really talking about caffeine.

What about caffeine and sports?

Even 15 years ago, caffeine (in large quantities) was unauthorized by doping. Now is no longer on the list of unauthorized substances, its effect on performance is not as pronounced as expected, but the effect is there.

Coffee (unfiltered with caffeine) has so many positive effects that I personally feel sorry that my liquid drug has to be black tea. It protects blood vessels and prevents atherosclerosis. It prevents also the development type 2 diabetes. It has an antitumor effect, it stimulates the protective enzymes that helps to transform in the liver of external substance, especially carcinogens from sausages, moulds, fuel mixtures and tar. The safe quantity of coffee is 2-5 cups a day.

Coffee stimulates muscle and heart performance, stimulates adrenaline secretion and mobilizes fat as a source of energy, all of which increases aerobic performance. In the short term, our alertness and attention will increase our perception of effort and fatigue and stabilizes the mood. However, before you mentally categorize coffee among superfoods, you must consider the following. Coffee is a diuretic, so in an incorrect drinking regime it dehydrates and can cause kidney problems.

Coffee is a diuretic, so in an incorrect drinking regime it dehydrates and can cause kidney problems. It causes a mild dependence that is manifested by withdrawal symptoms for several days like irritation, restlessness, headaches and insomnia. It reduces the amount of absorbed iron, while athletes (and women in particular) have higher demands on iron intake and must be prudent in view of its absorption. At least it is important to drink coffee from a few hours away from an iron-rich meal.

The effect of coffee varies depending on the genotype. Some people do not respond to caffeine with improved performance or delayed fatigue. In the best case, caffeine simply does not work. (Did I say I have been drinking tea? It energizes me and wakes as if the coffee never goes.) In the worst case, their performance will get worse due to digestive problems (diarrhoea or convulsions).

Coffee only changes our perception of fatigue in the short term. With long-term use, we will learn to suppress our need to rest and work under pressure for a little longer, but the true fatigue and difficulty of chronic stress will still be lurking beneath the surface. A varied diet of real foods, enough sleep and mental rest assures us enough energy for sports and for a healthy, sustainable lifeway.

What to take from that?

Paracelsus figured it out: “Solely the dose determines that a thing is not a poison”.

If your coffee gets you a good start and you have it tested in training, you can give it a one-time boost for your high intensity endurance performance (cycling, swimming, running, rowing, triathlon). Dosage is either an hour before the start of sports performance (safe dose is 3mg caffeine per day)1kg of your weight), or slightly smaller amounts of power during your exercise. In life and in common practice, you’ll discover more varied ways to improve your performance and feel energised.

This article is prepared for you by..

    Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
You might be interested in a free eBook: Ebook: 3 návyky pro štíhlou postavu.