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Reinstated superfood status: Coconut oil has always been good for your heart, but now doctors have the science to confirm it
(Natural News) Coconut oil’s popularity has increased over the years because of its many health benefits. Along with its popularity, debates and myths about its potential health benefits also rose. A recent study confirmed the heart health benefits of coconut oil, bringing back its superfood status. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, together with TV host and doctor Michael Mosley, conducted an experiment to determine what coconut oil does to cholesterol levels.
Coconut oil is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease by cutting cholesterol levels. However, the oil is comprised of about 92 percent of saturated fat, which is higher than butter and lard. Studies have shown that saturated fats increase the levels of bad LDL cholesterol. The criticism is that since it is high in saturated fats, it must be bad for heart health. (Related: Coconut Oil – Here’s what you need to know about this amazing rejuvenation and healing oil.)
In the study, the research team recruited around 100 volunteers – all were more than 50 years old. The participants’ bad and good cholesterol levels, height, waist, blood pressure, weight, and body fat percentage were measured before and after the experiment. Then, the researchers divided the participants into three groups. One group ate 50 g or about two tablespoons of coconut oil, the other group ate 50 g of olive oil, and the last group ate 50 g of butter. They ate the assigned item every day for four weeks.
Results revealed that the group who consumed butter had an increase of around 10 percent in their bad LDL levels. Contrary to that, the groups who ate olive oil and coconut oil did not have an increase in their bad LDL levels. In addition, butter and olive oil increased good HDL cholesterol by five percent, while coconut oil increased it by 15 percent. This indicates that coconut oil appeared to provide more positive effect on cholesterol-related health compared with olive oil.
Harvard quack spreads fear about coconut oil, claims it’s “pure poison” and recommends eating LARD instead
(Natural News) When it comes to the question of what’s healthy and what isn’t, the medical community seems completely unable to make up its collective mind. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to the issue of healthy fats. A hundred years ago, people happily spread their sandwiches with delicious, farm-fresh butter. Then the whole “butter is bad, but margarine is good” argument arose, and everybody switched to low fat, processed margarine made from vegetable oils. Then the so-called experts started telling us that low fat is no good, vegetable oil spreads are highly processed and unhealthy, and we should all go back to butter again. Most of us obediently switched back.
The “science” regarding milk, eggs and other foods has swung like a seesaw over the years in much the same way, leaving health-conscious consumers totally unsure of what really is and is not the healthiest way to eat.
The latest victim of this “medical confusion” is the humble coconut. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professor, Karin Michels, recently insisted at a talk delivered in Germany that coconut oil is “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat.” She claims that even lard – the unhealthy fat derived from the abdomens of pigs which was popular back in the 1950s – is a healthier choice than coconut oil.
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