“Pure poison.” That’s what one Harvard researcher called it.
I’d forgive you if you thought he was talking about dangerous statin drugs. But he wasn’t.
And it wasn’t trans-fat-filled junk foods on his hit list either.
No, as bizarre as it sounds, coconut oil had triggered such rare passion from a researcher.
His message has reached millions through a video that’s now gone viral.
It’s just too bad it’s a house of cards built on a persistent lie.
You see the reason the researcher has tried to make perfectly healthy coconut oil enemy number one is its saturated fat content.
And as any Healthier Talk reader can tell you, that’s a red flag for MORE fake news.
Understanding the saturated fats in coconut oil
He claims coconut oil is so high in saturated fats eating it will cause your cholesterol to climb. That, in turn, will clog your arteries leading to heart disease.
And I’ll be the first to admit the guy got one thing right. Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat. In fact, it can be up to 90 percent saturated.
But that’s where we part ways. Because despite the mainstream’s smear job, saturated fat is far more complicated than its “bad fat” reputation.
To begin with, there are different kinds of saturated fats. Something that this researcher failed to mention.
They fall into two categories…
- Long-chain triglycerides, which contain 12 or more carbon atoms
- Medium chain triglycerides, which contain less than 12 atoms
And they don’t all affect LDL cholesterol levels in the same way. Take medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), for example. MCTs are one of your body’s favorite fuel sources.
Your body is so efficient at burning MCTs that very little is stored as fat. At the same time, they boost metabolism and encourage fat burning.
They even improve your cholesterol profile. In fact, MCTs literally improve the quality of your LDL, making it “fluffier.” Which means it’s far less likely to contribute to heart disease.
Surprised? You should be. It’s something the mainstream never bothers to mention when they’re attacking saturated fats.
Coconut oil can SUPPORT heart health
The majority of the saturated fats in coconut oil are MCTs. In fact, coconut oil contains all four types of them.
And it’s probably no coincidence that countries which use the most coconut oil also have the lowest heart disease rates. But mainstream researchers are having a hard time adjusting their outdated views on saturated fats.
Here’s what the science ACTUALLY says is true about coconut oil.
- It can raise total cholesterol, but DOESN’T increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- It raises your HDL or so-called “good” cholesterol.
- It can improve your overall cholesterol profile, lowering triglycerides and small LDL while raising HDL.
In other words, despite the saturated fats, coconut oil can SUPPORT heart health.
Other health benefits of coconut oil
Plus it has a number of potential health BENEFITS, including…
- Improving insulin resistance
- Boosting memory and protecting against dementia
- Protecting against liver disease
- Supporting your immune system
- Fighting inflammation
The bottom line is the current backlash against coconut oil is pure bunk.
There’s no evidence that including a reasonable amount of coconut oil in your healthy diet will do you any harm. But there are plenty of potential benefits to cooking with it from time to time, including that it could help raise your “good” cholesterol.
Plus it has a delicious aroma and flavor that make it a nice switch from my other favorite healthy oil, olive oil.
But don’t make the mistake of buying just any old coconut oil off the shelf. Be sure to shop around for organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that hasn’t had all the benefits refined right out of it.