Coconut and mango, mmm! Healthy fat from the antioxidant-rich coconut and seeds, and Vitamin C from the mango set you up well for the day in this lovely smoothie from Dr Mark Hyman. (Recipe is at the end.)

The fat in coconut is medium-chain-tryglcerides (MCT for short), is very easy to digest and, unlike other fats, doesn’t need to be broken down before providing energy. It seems to take a biological ‘shortcut’ that enables it to provide energy quickly.

Dr Hyman, who calls coconut fat ‘the secret fat that makes you thin’, says …

MCT can also help you lose weight because it is quickly burned and metabolized. It gets absorbed directly from the gut into the liver and doesn’t get stored as fat but rather burned quickly and turned into energy. For many patients, MCT becomes that little nudge to help you drop those last 10 to 15 stubborn pounds that just won’t go away.

Note: While consumption of coconut fat results in great success in both weight-loss and reduced tummy measurements when compared to consumption of other fats, it is only effective as part of a healthy eating program. As with all fats, increased consumption will result in weight gain unless part of such a weight loss program.

Turn to the Next Page for Dr Hyman’s recipe …