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The beloved coconut oil is actually really, really bad for you!

A fruit oil with the "talent" to be as bad as a pure animal fat in terms of cholesterol is rather impressive!

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like coconuts. They are furry spheres of deliciousness, after all. Coconut water though is pointless - it doesn’t have any clear health benefits and it’s just a saltier version of normal water. Then there’s coconut oil - it’s the latest cooking trend and people all over the internet are claiming that it’s much healthier than any other oil out there. Well . . sorry to burst your bubble, coco-nutcases, but according to the American Heart Association (AHA), it is just as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.

According to a key advisory notice, one which looks at all kinds of fats and their links to cardiovascular disease - coconut oil is packed with saturated fats. In fact, 82 percent of coconut oil is comprised of saturated fats, far more than in regular butter (63%), olive oil (14%), peanut oil (17%), and sunflower oil (10%). Saturated fat, unlike others, can raise the amount of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, which increases your risk of contracting heart disease in the future. It can be found in butter and lard, cakes, biscuits, fatty meats, cheese, and cream, among other things - including coconut oil.

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A recent study reported that 72 percent of the American public rated coconut oil as a "healthy food", compared with 37 percent of nutritionists. This disconnect between lay and expert opinion can be attributed to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press. A meta-analysis of a suite of experiments have conclusively shown that butter and coconut oil, in terms of raising the amount of bad cholesterol in your body, are just as bad as each other.

Because coconut oil increases bad cholesterol, a cause of cardiovascular disease, and has no known offsetting favourable effects, the researchers advise against the use of coconut oil. In essence, there is nothing to gain and everything to lose by using coconut oil in cooking. If you already have high bad cholesterol levels, then coconut oil is potentially quite dangerous to consume or use in acts of culinary creations. Swapping it out for olive oil, will reduce your cholesterol levels as much as cutting-edge, cholesterol-lowering drugs!

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So next time you see anyone claiming that coconut oil is nothing but good for you or that it’s "pro-health and anti-everything bad", you can confidently tell them that they’re spouting nonsense! It’s important to remember though that a little bit of fat is definitely good for you, as fatty acids are essential for proper absorption of vitamins. Unsaturated fats are generally thought to be quite good for you in this regard; you can find them in avocados, fish oil, nuts, and seeds.

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Comments (8)

  • Same thing with avocado oil. At first, all the 'influencers' were slathering it on anything slatherable, and then discovered it's really quite bad for you. So too with this. (Fad x Influencer)/Gwyneth Paltrow* = Nope.

    *(because you can bet Goop were creaming themselves over coconut oil's healthiness)

      1 month ago
  • So true! Well written mate! …plus it makes everything taste like coconut… overpowering lol

      1 month ago
  • I knew this! πŸ˜‰ Back when the doctors were trying to figure out what was causing my digestive issues, I was put on a low-gluten diet to rule out wheat and such as the culprits (as it turned out, the main cause for my problem is apparently high levels of anxiety). Coconut flour and oil made up a big part in my new diet's recipes. A few months later, my LDL levels had skyrocketed - I dropped the coconut products and my cholesterol levels quickly went back to normal. I know a sampling of one does not make a study, but it's true that my body does not respond well to coconut!

      1 month ago
  • 😬😬

      1 month ago
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