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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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