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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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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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