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Really, Coconut Oil as Unhealthy as Beef and Butter?

coconut oil not healthyJust when we thought the coconut oil debate was finally settled. In the usual health-news fashion that has become rather familiar, they turn everything upside down. Now, apparently, coconut oil is not healthy. Not only that, it may actually be bad for you.

Now, the oil is used in a number of ways including as hair and skin conditioner. However, the issue appears to be consumption of it.

According to a recent the American Heart Association (AHA) report, coconut oil is not healthy. This effectively reignites the debate on saturated fats.

What’s interesting is that reports are now equating essentially the “unhealthiness” of coconut oil to that of butter and beef. Why is this interesting?

Well, because some studies have shown that beef and butter may be good for you. If you’re scratching you head… well, you’re not alone. But it gets a little more perplexing.

You see, the issue with all edible oils is the amount of saturated fats that are considered unhealthy they contain versus fats considered healthy. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are considered healthy fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. However, even the unhealthiness of saturated fats has been debated in recent times.

One study showed that consumption of saturated fats did not raise risk of heart disease. Neither did monounsaturated fats lower risk, contrary to popular belief.

Saturated fats, long thought to raise heart disease risks, had no effect (in raising heart health risk). Neither did monounsaturated fats, which are thought to help the heart, says study researcher Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, at the Harvard School of Public Health. (Source: WebMD)

Saturated fats have been linked to increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body. Whilst we would not recommend loading your body with these fats, they are not the root cause for elevated cholesterol levels. Most of the cholesterol in your body is made in the liver. And this is mainly hereditary.

Let’s not forget that fats have previously erroneously been linked to the obesity epidemic, causing the now fading low fat trend. So have carbohydrates, the reason for the low-carb craze. Now the enemy seems to be sugar, especially refined sugars. What’s next?

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  1. Eric

    June 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Well, I am crushed. I also heard that almost all of the vegetable oils that are so healthy for us, like corn, peanut, and now palm oil are supposed to be good, whereas butter is not healthy, nor are animal fats. When animal fats or for that matter, coconut oil, are at room temperature, they are solid. So that must mean they are bad for our arteries, right? Well, if our body were at room temperature, it would definitely be a problem, but not because the fats would solidify. But now I hear the opposite, that processed oils other than olive, sesame, nut oils and coconut oils are NOT healthy. So toss the corn, canola, soy, palm, etc oils.Heck they’re probably GMO anyway!

    So here is my totally unscientific uneducated theory: The closer foods are to their natural state, and eaten in moderation, they’re probably ok. Coconuts have all kinds of vitamins and minerals, and it seems like people who use them benefit, whatever scientific studies show. People who eat a pound of meat every day, unless they are doing really heavy physical work or exercise, are probably overfeeding themselves, especially if ‘supplemented’ with lots of fried foods, donuts and soda. Such activity results in a phenomenon known as “fat”. Too much of even a good thing is ‘too much’. Moderation is key.

    Seems like a diet with lots of fruits vegetables protein and moderate amounts of fats, oils and carbs that are not refined, that is, what humans have been eating before the advent of fads and marketing will do alright.

    Avoid as much as possible food sold in bags. Read the ingredients. If the ingredients sound like they come from a chemistry text book, they are not food. Don’t eat them. Make meals from scratch, with actual ‘food’ you bought and have control of. In that context, coconut oil which has been eaten for millenia is probably better for you than Crisco, which is vegetable oil with hydrogen chemically pressured into it.

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