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The Truth About Coconut Oil

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But the truth finally came out. Trans fat was rebuked, debunked, and revealed as the true enemy to good health that it has always been, regardless of what the seed and vegetable oil shills told the American public for the last half century.

Unfortunately, this rightful vilification of hydrogenated saturated fats has created a lot of confusion regarding naturally occurring saturated fats, including coconut oil. If one form of saturated fat is bad for you, the argument goes, then all saturated fat must be bad.

Right?† Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Truth about Coconut Oil

The truth about coconut oil is obvious to anyone who has studied the health of those who live in traditional tropical cultures, where coconut has been a nutritious diet staple for thousands of years.

Back in the 1930′s, a dentist named Dr. Weston Price traveled throughout the South Pacific, examining traditional diets and their effect on dental and overall health. He found that those eating diets high in coconut products were healthy and trim, despite the high fat concentration in their diet, and that heart disease was virtually non-existent.

Similarly, in 1981, researchers studied populations of two Polynesian atolls. Coconut was the chief source of caloric energy in both groups. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, [2] demonstrated that both populations exhibited positive vascular health.

In fact, no evidence exists that the naturally occurring high saturated fat intake had any kind of harmful effect in these populations!

That’s not what you expected, is it? Based on 60 years of negative public policy towards naturally occurring saturated fats, you would expect these cultures to be rife with clogged arteries, obesity and heart disease.

It may be surprising for you to realize that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has some amazing health benefits, such as:

  • Promoting your heart health[3]
  • Promoting weight loss, when needed[4]
  • Supporting your immune system health[5]
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism[6]
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source[7]
  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland[8]

But how is this possible?† Does coconut oil have some secret ingredients not found in other saturated fats?† The answer is a resounding “yes.”

Cracking the Coconut Oil Myth

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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8:03AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

I'm allergic to coconut, but good to know if others ask

7:52PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

I now use coconut oil...but only in the winter as it makes me SO HOT, which is a good thing when the temp drops!

2:43AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Natural is always best

9:04AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

Thank you for informative article.

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8:11AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

good to know, thanks

3:53AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

7:52PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks.

9:41AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thank you :)

3:03PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

TY for sharing info.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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