You might want to think twice in the way you look at using coconut oil.
According to The American Heart Association, the grease, which is beloved by the wellness industry, is just as unhealthy as beef fat and butter because it is predominantly a saturated fat.
Saturated fat, which is known for raising "bad" LDL cholesterol, is commonly linked to animal fats, but it is also found in tropical plant oils like palm and coconut.
According to the American Heart Association, 82 per cent of coconut oil is saturated fat, compared to only 63 per cent in butter, 50 per cent in beef fat and only 39 per cent in pork lard. The only oil that ranked worse than coconut oil was palm kernel oil, which is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils on the planet.
According to Dr. Frank Sacks, lead other of the report, "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. Saturated fat increases LDL – bad cholesterol – which is a major cause of artery-clogging plaque and cardiovascular disease.”
The key when consuming saturated fat is to maintain a high ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
Speaking about coconut oil, Sacks adds: “I just don’t know who is pushing it, but it’s not scientists.
“It may be driven by manufacturers looking to profit, or some countries’ economic dependence on coconut oil.”
“A healthy diet doesn’t just limit certain unfavourable nutrients, such as saturated fats, that can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other blood vessel diseases. It should also focus on healthy foods rich in nutrients that can help reduce disease risk, like poly- and mono-unsaturated vegetable oils, nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and others,” he said in a news release.