I feel I am walking a fine line by being bold enough to post this. Initially, I thought it would so simple to post about how great Coconut Oil is because I use it & love the smell & taste.
As I investigate further, as with any other food, until further long-term clinical studies are done, it seems it’s not the cure-all for everything. This is not a post saying “don’t use coconut oil”, it’s merely to raise awareness that too much of anything can cause issues. I am not a dietician or nutritionist so please make sure to consult with yours before making any changes to your diet.
Compare Coconut Oil to Butter:
1 tbsp of coconut oil has 11.8g of saturated fat, 90% of the fat is Saturated Fat.
1 tbsp of butter has 7.2g of saturated fat, 63% of the fat is Saturated Fat.
Supporters of coconut oil claim even though it is very high in saturated fat it doesn’t increase bad cholesterol (LDL) because it is a medium-chain fatty acid versus a long-chain fatty acid which butter & other fats are.
After meeting, the World Health Organization, American Heart Association & the Dieticians of Canada agreed to recommend to the public that they should limit their consumption of significant amounts of coconut oil (as with any fat) due to the high saturated fat content.
According to the American Heart Association;
1. Heart disease & stroke are the #1 cause of death & disability among people with Type 2 diabetes
2. At least 65% of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke.
3. Adults with diabetes are 2 − 4 times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than adults without diabetes.
There is no solid evidence that coconut oil can help in abdominal weight loss or cure Alzheimer’s. The few studies that I have found were short-term & small. There were loopholes in them & did not offer clinically relevant results to substantiate claims of eating it at will.
While recently there is clinical evidence showing it is possible that the link between saturated fat & heart disease is not as strong as once believed. The data out there still shows it’s best to still be mindful given the risk associated with diabetes & heart disease. It seems until they release real evidence that proves that coconut oil does benefit our cardiovascular health &/or that saturated fat is not linked to heart disease, moderation is the key.