Coconut Oil Controversy

A recent report by the American Heart Association named coconut oil as an unhealthy fat with no other redeeming qualities. This claim caused a lot of questioning and concern among those who regularly use coconut oil. Thankfully, the claims made by the American Heart Association can be debunked. Let’s take a closer look at the statements and the actual truth behind them.
Claim 1: Saturated Fats such as coconut oil lead to cardiovascular disease.
Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which have been shown to decrease obesity and arteriosclerosis. They fight obesity by decreasing your appetite and boosting metabolism, which is great for heart health! Research shows that MCT’s also assist in preventing the thickening and hardening of arteries caused by arteriosclerosis, which is the primary cause of stroke and heart attack.
Claim 2: Coconut oil raises LDL cholesterol.
For years, LDL was thought of as “bad” cholesterol, while HDL was deemed “good” cholesterol. The American Heart association ignores recent research on the subject of LDL cholesterol which proves that not all LDL cholesterol is the same. Recent studies show that decreasing certain types of LDL cholesterol can actually increase your risk of heart disease.
Claim 3: Coconut Oil has no known favorable effects.
In addition to helping reduce obesity and prevent heart disease, coconut oil has also been shown to defend against viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections. It also helps to heal wounds faster and make hair stronger and thicker by halting the loss of protein.
Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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