Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Heart Foundation Agrees Coconut Oil Aint No Superfood

Heart Foundation Agrees Coconut Oil Aint No Superfood

"Just don't jump on superfood bandwagon with your coconut oil pastas, coconut oil lattes, coconut oil brownies yeah?" food writer Sejal Sukhadwala tweeted in response to Michels' claim.

"Coconut oil is pure poison", the Harvard professor said (there you go, then) in the lecture, which you can watch - in German - on YouTube. Professor Michels is not alone in slamming this oil, Dr Frank Sacks, who is a nutrition professor at the Harvard explained further, "Coconut oil is very high in saturated fat that raises your LDL cholesterol, which is a bad cholesterol".

Distribution of coconut oil began in the early 2000s after two research scientists at Columbia University have shown beneficial effects of fatty acids contained in the coconut.

Coconut oil contains a whole lot of saturated fat.

While coconut oil has been advertised as a health food of sorts, nutrition experts say there is little evidence to back that claim. But for day-to-day use, experts recommend vegetable oils such as olive, canola or soybean oil, along with nuts and seeds, as a primary source of fats in the diet.

People living in South India frequently use coconut oil as a medicine and it has really some benefits.

In recent years the coconut oil began to gain popularity.

In 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) released a report stating that ingesting coconut is harmful as it contains high saturated fat content.

So, what are the facts surrounding coconut oil?

But, saturated fat is a loaded term. One role is to help take LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream.

Other than coconut oil, foods that are high in saturated fat include butter, hard cheese, ghee, sausages and meat pies.

Despite the advice, promotions from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett, and celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and others, have helped United Kingdom sales of coconut oil surge in recent years. While the AHA warns against it, people who cut saturated fat out of their diet might not necessarily lower their heart disease risk, a 2015 BMJ review suggested.

"Coconut oil is about 86% saturated fat, about one-third more saturated fat than butter", said Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation. "However, it is best to restrict yourself to small amounts and use unsaturated oils as an everyday choice instead".

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