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The Truth About Coconut Oil

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The Truth About Coconut Oil

You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, like elevated cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple.

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?[1]

Clearly, a lot of confusion and contradictory evidence exists on the subject of saturated fats, even among health care professionals. †But I’m going to tell you something that public health officials and the media aren’t telling you.† The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

The operative word here is “created,” because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation.

Hydrogenation manipulates vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, producing a rancid, thickened oil that really only benefits processed food shelf life and corporate profits. †The medical and scientific communities are now fairly united in the opinion that hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils should be avoided.

These unsaturated fats, artificially manipulated into saturated fats,†are also called trans fats, and no doubt you’ve heard about them lately. Some cities and states have now outlawed their use. There is no controversy anymore regarding the health dangers of these artificially saturated fats.

And guess what? †These are the same damaged trans fats that have been touted as “healthy” and “heart-friendly” for the last 60 years by the vegetable and seed oil interests!

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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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1:57PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Insightful!

9:58AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

7:28AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thanks

7:28AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Noted

3:19PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

PLEASE remember that, like palm oil, coconut products are responsible for enormous deforestation in the tropics!

12:17AM PST on Jan 15, 2014

thanks.. I'll stop cooking in olive oil and switch to coconut oil.

1:25AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I'm allergic to soy and mom can't have corn so mainly use coconut oil (olive gets rancid at high heat). I always knew this, people often think it's bad because it can make you gain weight , while it is fat ,coconut is not as artery clogging

8:43PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

thanks for spreading the word!

9:55AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thanks

3:17PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

And next week, you will debunk this.
Neverending cycle. :-|

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