Why Does Ultra-Shake have Organic Coconut in it?

 
Ultra-shake is dedicated to providing a convenient wheatgrass protein shake that acts as a quick and easy meal replacement or healthy snack. However, we’re also dedicated to educating people about our ingredients and why we’ve included them. One of the most confusing things we’ve discovered is the topic of fat, if it really is unhealthy or not, and why we’ve included it in ultrashake.
 

It’s no secret fats can be unhealthy and directly linked to many health conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, and even conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, this reputation is often applied to all fats, which couldn't be further from the truth. Healthy fats that are beneficial to consume do exist!
 
Coconut is a super food that has a naturally occurring healthy fat—coconut oil. The best part? Each of our healthy ultrashake varieties includes 2 grams of natural, organic coconut, along with protein and wheatgrass for extra health benefits.  
 
Coconut oil, although it is considered a saturated fat, is not a hydrogenated fat. The manual process of hydrogenation creates fats that are meant only to help increase shelf life of the oil or items made with the oil, offering no nutritional or health benefits to being consumed. This includes many types of cooking oils, such as vegetable oil, that are a standard in most households.  Even unsaturated fats become unhealthy saturated fats once they have been processed and converted to be shelf stable, these are commonly called Trans fats. A good guideline to follow when selecting fats to use for cooking or when reviewing food labels is to always stick with naturally occurring fats that have not undergone any type of manual processing, like hydrogenation.
 
Health Benefits of Organic Coconut Oil
 
The many health benefits of coconut oil are the reason it has been included in Ultra-Shake.  There is strong evidence that it has been helpful with many conditions, including but not limited to:
 

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease[1]
  • Obesity[2]
  • Signs of aging
  • Sluggish thyroid[3]
  • Low energy levels
  • The secret to coconut oil’s health benefits occur as a direct result of how the body processes this specific oil. Lauric acid, the fatty acid in coconut oil, is converted into monolauren, which has very strong health properties such as the ability to fight bacteria, viruses, and lipids—boosting the immune system and warding off illness[4]. As an additional benefit of a more efficient and stronger immune system, the body’s healing process becomes accelerated. This increases the rate of cell regeneration to heal more quickly from illness and help prevent, or even reverse, signs of aging.

    Lauric acid is the naturally occurring MCF (medium chain fatty avid) that is found in a mother’s milk, which is one of the reasons nursing is so important for immune system support. MCMs have been directly tied to weigh loss and an increased metabolism. Coconut oil, in its raw state, is the best way to consume lauric acid because it can’t be found in the same level of concentration anywhere else.

     

    Fitness and Weight Loss Benefits
    Whether you are trying to lose weight or focusing on fitness goals and building muscle, coconut oil can offer many benefits. By consuming coconut oil on a regular basis, you can increase your metabolism[5]. It may seem counterintuitive to consume fat in order to lose weight or improve athletic performance, but coconut oil helps the body work efficiently, resulting in a lean, strong look rather than weight gain[6]. It also promotes increased energy levels throughout the day and a stronger athletic performance[7].  Ultra-shake protein shakes are a convenient way to have a healthy snack or meal on the go. Just add water, ice, shake and enjoy!  

     

     Coconut oil in its raw state is rich in lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk and tied to boosting metabolism.It also has less than 1% of omega-6, and has been tied to weight loss because of its richness in metabolism boostingmedium-chain fatty acids

     

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    [2] Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity, Lipids, 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601.
    [3] Inactivation of thyroid peroxidase by soy isoflavones in vitro and in vivo", Journal of Chromotography B, September 2002; 777(1,2);25:269-79
    [4] Defaunation Effects of Medium Chain Fatty Acids and Their Derivatives on Goat Rumen Protozoa
    [5] Ph.D., F.A.C.N. Source: Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century. [6] Baba, N 1982. Enhanced thermogenesis and diminished deposition
    [6] Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body we
    [7] Swimming endurance capacity of mice is increased by consumption of medium-chain triglycerides, Journal of Nutrition, 1995;125:531.