Last week, there was an article published in USA Today entitled “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.”
Why this claim? An advisory board to the American Heart Association deemed it unsafe for consumption because the saturated fat increases LDL cholesterol. And of course increased LDL cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease, right? Wrong!
In the past five years, there have been 22 studies showing no association between saturated-fat consumption and all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, coronary heart disease mortality, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes. What’s more, researchers can’t prove that a diet low in saturated fat reduces the risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease or other diseases.
In short, the USA Today article, states that coconut oil has no redeeming qualities.
In the article, the Harvard professor who sits on the advisory board recommends we “opt for vegetable oils or olive oils” instead.
But wait a minute. We know that cooking these oils at high temperatures produces carcinogenic toxins. On the contrary, coconut oil remains stable under high heat.
We’ll give them this: coconut oil may or may not affect weight loss. The experts aren’t sure on that one yet. But coconut oil is one of the richest dietary sources of lauric acid, which has been shown to increase good HDL cholesterol. The USA Today article failed to mention this.
Again, the primary driver of heart disease is chronically elevated insulin. The sooner these national influencers—Harvard, the American Heart Association, and USA Today—acknowledge the role insulin plays in cardiovascular disease, the quicker we can get to work reversing the #1 killer in the United States.