You might have come across numerous articles that have detailed countless wonders of coconut oil. Some have argued that the miracles of coconut oil range from being an excellent skin conditioner, obesity check monster, good heart health concoction to even improving your IQ!
Everywhere you look, praises of coconut oil are overwhelming but to the skeptics, it is the only pure poison that you’ll ever take at will until your heart stops! I know its puzzling but when will the truth about this wonder oil or toxin finally come out, once and for all?
The best way to help us unravel this mystery is to first weigh each group’s argument then draw our conclusion.
The Enthusiast Narrative
Champions of coconut oil have classified it as “superfood” suggesting that it has a unique combination of fatty acids that can be beneficial to your health such as fat loss and better brain function.
It is debated that coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MTCs) and it can help increase the number of calories you can burn in comparison to the same number of calories you can burn from fats with longer chains and this helps to keep obesity in check.
Boosting brain function especially to Alzheimer patients is another common example cited by coconut oil crusaders. It is said to be an alternative source of energy to Alzheimer patients because they are purported to reduced ability to use glucose in some parts of their brains.
But is coconut oil really good for your health? Not everyone agrees……
The Bad News
Leading health organizations among them the American Heart Association have discouraged the use of coconut oil citing its saturated fats content which pose as a threat to cardiovascular health.
Studies show that coconut oil, like other saturated fats, increases LDL “bad” cholesterol which has been identified as a danger to heart health.
Professor Karin Michels of the Institute of Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology, University of Freiburg, said in her lecture that health benefits claim about coconut oil are absolute nonsense, terming it as pure poison also due saturated fat content.
Coconut oil is 80 per cent saturated fats, a known fact that has left many health experts worried especially its praises every left, right and center.
Though possibly better than partially hydrogenated oils, it cannot match the proven benefits of olive and canola oil that is unsaturated plant oil.
The American Heart Association advocates proposes that in place of coconut oil, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated commonly found in fatty fish, avocados, canola and olive should be used because they have been proven to be healthier.
Health experts have advised that coconut should be taken occasionally and in small quantities.
However, coconut oil may not be as bad as it has a high content lauric acid, a fatty acid that has been attributed to increase in HDL “good” cholesterol. It is good for your skin too.
The benefits of coconut out are not as beneficial as advertised and due to its saturated fat content, it is not a healthy food as initially thought. Our recommendation therefore is that coconut oil should be consumed in limited quantities as advised by scholars and health organizations.
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