Our bodies need fats. Vital organs in our body draw on fats in times of stress. Without saturated fats in our diet, we in turn are starving ourselves, slowing down our metabolism, and adding toxins in our bodies. When most people hear saturated fats, they think of butter, lard, and other animal fats. Although there are some benefits to consuming animal fats, such as acquiring the much needed B12 vitamin that our bodies cannot produce on its own, there are other sources of saturated fats that are not animal based. Tropical oils from coconuts or palms are packed with medium-chain fatty acids, which protects against harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract. Additionally, coconut oil is also high in lauric acid, which gives us immune-system support and stabilizes our metabolism.
Another benefit of saturated fats, like coconut and palm, is that these oils are very stable so they do not easily oxidize, turn rancid. Refined oils, such as vegetable, soy, and corn are unstable and turn rancid quickly, which cause wide-spread free radical damage and creates a very toxic environment in our body.