Coconut oil is getting lots of attention these days. You see coconut based products everywhere these days… So do you think it is healthy or does it pose any issues, despite all the hype around its benefits?
It is considered as one of healthiest fats. It actually consists around 91% of saturated fat. The American Heart Association (AHA) published a report in June 2017 saying that “it shouldn’t be as healthy as you might think”. According to their new guidelines, “coconut oil is filled with saturated fat, making it as unhealthy as beef drippings and butter”, they also think it can raise your bad cholesterol levels. According to AHA, the average man should limit the intake to 30 grams per day whereas woman should limit it to 20 grams per day.
Most of the fatty acids in the coconut oil are MCTs, medium chain triglycerides. It helps to reduce hunger and boost metabolism, can promote weight loss. It is helpful in reducing the abdominal fat. It is also a natural antimicrobial; it is really good in inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The monolaurin, a compound derived from coconut oil is very helpful in inhibiting the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut, thereby it helps to keep the immune system strong. The following are the benefits of the coconut oil.
- It boosts the immune system
- It improves memory and brain function
- It treats Alzheimer’s
- It is good to use in skin and hair care
- Prevents and treat gum disease
- Prevents teeth decay (oil pulling using coconut oil is a great method)
- Helps ward off the fungal, bacterial and virus infections
- Helps to balance hormone
- Improves digestion, reduces ulcers, and colitis
- Can fight insulin resistance and improve Type 2 diabetes
So here is the bottom line that we need to be aware of; the reason behind AHA restricting to take coconut oil is because they think people get heart diseases from bad cholesterol. Just as it is true for all diseases it is not that one thing that is the cause of the issue and there are many factors and most often other sidelined factors like poor diet, metabolic imbalance, and the life style factors contribute a major factor in heart diseases. So it’s not just the coconut oil that is contributing the heart disease, but a diet filled with sugar and processed foods are the main culprits behind this. In order to reduce the cholesterol, we need to address the root cause of the problem, which is inflammation that can be reduced with a good diet and life style changes.
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