You may have seen the news late last week about the latest “Presidential Advisory” on dietary fats released from the American Heart Association (AHA) published online in Circulation. The part of this report that seems to be making the most news around the internet is that coconut oil is unhealthy. In the last few days I’ve seen titles like “Coconut Oil is as Bad as Butter”, “Coconut Oil is Unhealthy and Has Never Been Healthy”.
Diana Rogers is a real food Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Registered Dietician, and has written an excellent response to these new claims, which you can read here: Why Coconut Oil Won't Kill You, But Listening to the American Heart Association Might!
Here are just a few benefits of consuming coconut oil pulled from the article:
There are several benefits outlined in the research about coconut oil in the diet, which are not mentioned in the AHA paper. Here are a few of the highlights:
– Coconut oil may actually help improve cholesterol and blood lipids
– Coconut oil has been found to help people lose weight and reduce waist circumference.
– Coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.
– Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, helping reduce the risk of heart disease.
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