Coconut Confusion As The Heart Associations Say To Ditch Coconut Oil

June 20, 2017

The tide is turning on coconut oil, with 72% of Americans believing it is a healthy oil.  Now a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) is calling coconut oil as 100% fat that lacks any vitamins or common minerals, having more saturated fat than butter, beef fat and pork fat. And that fat, according to the AHA, significantly increases the body's level of LDL, or bad cholesterol, the same way that animal fats do. But here's the tricky part, coconut oil also increases HDL, or good cholesterol too!  Confused?  It comes down to the kind of fat contained in coconut oil.  Not all fats are created equal and your body does need a bit of fat to function properly.  According to the Lipids Journal, short-chain fats, such as those found in beans, whole-grain cereals, onions, leeks and asparagus, as well as medium chain fats, found in coconuts and palm oil, are easily absorbed and used by your body and are metabolized more like carbohydrates for quick energy. While the AHA suggest using healthier oils, such as canola and olive oils, there appear to be other reports that coconut oil has its perks too. So what do you do?  Although you should consult your doctor or nutritionist on what is the best path for you, it's probably not a bad thing to work a little bit of coconut oil into your diet, but don't overdo it. The AHA recommendations is that saturated fats should make up less than 10% of your daily calories.


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