In Defence Of Coconut Oil
The mainstream media has been full of reports recently deriding the healthy food we know and love as coconut oil.
Could this be because coconut oil has become so popular for so many good health reasons that the companies (who would prefer us to use pharmaceutical medications for everything) are starting to become worried?
Or could it be that the Canola Oil Council financed a study to lessen the popularity of coconut oil with the general public?
One headline I read proclaimed: “Coconut oil won’t make you drop dead – but it’s no health food!”
Media reports against coconut oil
Professor Karin Michels of Harvard University in the USA has said that the supposed superfood is in reality “one of the worst foods you can eat” because it contains so many saturated fatty acids. She even went so far as to call it “pure poison”!
During a talk at the University of Freiberg in Germany, she described it as worse than lard and that coconut oil contains 80% saturated fat – double that of lard. I use both coconut oil and lard in my home!
For too long, scientists and nutritionists have been making out that saturated fat is the “bad guy”.
But modern opinion says saturated fat does not promote heart disease
For the past 60 years, conventional medical authorities have warned that saturated animal fats cause heart disease and should be severely restricted to ensure heart health. The food industry were happy to replace saturated fats with trans fats. However, an important editorial written by an interventional cardiology specialist in the British Medical Journal says it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease.
Apparently, reducing saturated fat intake reduces large, buoyant (type A) LDL particles. BUT it’s the small, dense (type B) particles that are implicated in heart disease, and these respond to reductions in carbohydrate consumption. So instead, we should be avoiding sugar, fructose, grains and processed foods while eating whole foods and replacing the grain carbs with high-quality healthy fats – of course coconut oil is a good example.
Consuming saturated fats should actually be an important part of our nutrition – for brain health, immune function and indeed every cell in the body.
Coconut oil for prevention of Alzheimer’s
I take a large tablespoon of this delicious oil every morning with my breakfast. What have I got to lose? Read how daily coconut oil can improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in those you love and care for.
Coconut oil for good dental care too
Have you heard of the daily habit of oil pulling?
Using just a teaspoon of coconut oil first thing every morning, it is a simple and inexpensive way to whiten teeth, freshen breath and even improve a number of health conditions ranging from eczema to arthritis through its effect on oral bacteria. Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth decay and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.
We have shared many other good reasons to include coconut oil in your life but of course it does not suit everyone. While I am a fervent fan, my own daughter finds that it does not agree with her skin and nor does she like the taste.