Coconut Oils: A Potentially Dangerous Source of Fat

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in coconut oil as a health-promoting food and medicinal supplement. Some of the health benefits of coconut oil touted by various suppliers include stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, treatment of Candida, Pancreatitis, Weight Loss; Increased Immunity; proper digestion & metabolism; relief from kidney problems; heart disease; high blood pressure; diabetes; cancer and even HIV;  improved dental care and bone strength.

Unfortunately, none of these claims have been substantiated by human clinical trails and in my opinion, are largely misleading.

A bigger concern is the regular use of coconut oil may actually promote deleterious health effects, especially in regard to cardiovascular disease.

Coconut oil and Cardiovascular Disease…A Connection?

There have been no formal studies that address lipid changes concerning coconut oil. HOWEVER, there is strong indirect evidence that coconut oil will raise blood cholesterol levels and increase risk of thrombogenic (causing strokes) conditions (e.g., deep-vein thrombosis, myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attacks — these all mean clogging up of the veins and arteries so blood cannot get to the organ tissues and at times completely blocks blood off and a part of a tissue dies permanently and this causes ill-health or a stroke.). Coconut oil is extremely high in lauric acid and this is a very strong promoter of LDL cholesterol in your blood. This is the bad cholesterol. Individuals using coconut oil do not realize that more than half of coconut oil consists of the saturated fat lauric acid.

Coconut oil ALSO has other well established cholesterol-raising saturated fats (myristic, palmitic). Of all the fatty acids in coconut oil , about 75% of them, are saturated fats. that are well documented to increase blood levels of total and LDL cholesterol.

 

There is no inherent need for the body to have saturated fat. This has been documented by Dr. William Castelli, the medical director of the Framingham Heart Study and Dr. Dean Ornish. They said that the lower one’s total saturated fat intake is, the better off you are.

Stay Well adjusted, Eat More Vegetables and Keep in Touch.  

Sincerely, Dr. Melville

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