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In Sri Lanka: Coconuts Battle the Bulge

The average Sri Lankan eats 116 coconuts every year -- yet folks living in this tropical paradise are just half as likely as Americans to get pudgy. The reason: Coconut oil is packed with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that prod the liver to burn body fat 50 percent faster than normal. When women eat two tablespoons of coconut oil, six ounces of fresh coconut meat or 10 ounces of coconut milk daily, they can effortlessly shed up to three pounds every month, says Mary Enig, Ph.D., author of "Eat Fat, Lose Fat."

Try these easy recipes tonight: Indonesian Chicken with Coconut Fried Rice, Chicken Noodle Soup, Asian Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

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