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Coconut Oil Not So Healthy After All

16 June 2017

Image credit: PixabayImage credit: PixabayThe coconut oil craze may soon be over, thanks to the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Often touted as a healthier alternative to saturated fats, researchers believe that legitimate scientific evidence is lacking.

Packed with more saturated fat than found in beef fat, butter and pork lard, coconut oil can raise “bad” cholesterol, thereby clogging arteries and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

Much of the advice concerning fat can be confusing, with animal fats considered bad for you while plant oils are considered good for you.

Dr. Frank Sacks, lead author of the AHA advice, said: "We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels."

Click here for more information on the study.



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Re: Coconut Oil Not So Healthy After All
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2017-Jun-16 10:29 PM

The study only shows that LDL cholesterol increases slightly in some people who consume coconut oil. The link between LDL cholesterol and heart disease has been debunked for quite a long time now. The AHA deliberately avoids debating their position on this link. To do so would open tyhe subject to the results of numerous studies with results they don't like. They are heavily invested in their previous narrative - now, they have to defend it.

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