It is hard to find a person that does not like coconuts. After all, they are very fury spheres of deliciousness. However, coconut water is pointless as it does not have any clear health benefits. Actually, it is just a saltier version of normal water.
And, then, there is coconut oil. It is the latest cooking fad. People all over the Internet are constantly claiming that it is much healthier than any other oil which exists in the world. But, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), the bad news is that coconut oil is just as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.
Based on a key advisory notice which was published in the journal Circulation, which actually refers all kinds of fats, as well as their links to cardiovascular disease, coconut oil is actually packed with saturated fats. In fact, about 82% of the coconut oil consists of saturated fats. That is far more than in regular butter (63), peanut oil (17), olive oil (14) and sunflower (10).
Unlike other fats, saturated fat can actually increase the amount of bad cholesterol in our bloodstream. It also raises our risk of contracting heart disease in the future. We also find it in butter and lard, as well as cakes, biscuits, fatty meats. Moreover, we find it in cheese and cream, among other things – which also include coconut.
AHA’s review notes:
“One survey from recently reported that about 82% of the American public rated coconut oil as a “healthy food”, compared with about 37% of nutritionists. The disconnection which actually exists between lay and expert opinion can also be attributed to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press.”
A meta-analysis of a suite of experiments has finally shown that butter and coconut oil, regarding the increase of the amount of bad cholesterol in our bodies, are just as bad as each other.
The AHA also advises against the use of coconut oil, as it is able to raise bad cholesterol. It is also the cause of cardiovascular disease while having no known offsetting favorable effects. In reality, there is actually nothing to gain and everything to lose by consuming coconut oil.
Some of you may have high bad cholesterol levels already. This means that coconut oil is potentially very dangerous for you to consume or to use it in cooking. According to AHA, replacing coconut oil with olive oil will drop your levels of cholesterol the same as cutting – edge, cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Nevertheless, it is very important to remember that a little bit of fat is absolutely good for you. This is because fatty acids are necessary for proper absorption of vitamins. Unsaturated fats are actually thought to be quite good for you in this regard. You can find them in avocados, as well as fish oil, nuts, and seeds.