Recently a professor from Harvard, Karin Michels said there were no studies that showed any health benefits of eating Coconut Oil. This is a very bold and inaccurate claim about our friend the Coconut and we would like to use this post to help clear up a few misunderstandings.
The Saturated Fat Concern - Coconut is high in Saturated Fats and can increase the risk of heart disease. Yes, Coconut Oil does contain a high amount of saturated fat, but in fact, it will not increase your risk of heart disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the largest nutrition journal in the world. They published a study that looked at over 500,000 people regarding saturated fat. The conclusion: saturated fat is not linked to coronary disease. Move to 2016. Same journal, more evidence, saturated fat actually LOWERS cardiac risk. One of our most important organs, the brain is composed of a minimum of 60% Fat. Why would you want to eliminate healthy fats from your lifestyle?
Cholesterol Concern - The AHA asserts that saturated fat raises LDL-cholesterol and further asserts that LDL is the cholesterol that causes arterial blockage. LDL does NOT cause and has not been proven to cause heart disease. A study from the BMJ open journal found no link between what is known as 'bad' cholesterol and death as a result of heart disease in individuals over 60 years of age. In fact, the results found that 92 percent of people with high cholesterol actually lived longer. LDL has many functions, most of which science does strive to explain. LDL delivers nutrients around the body, is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and works for the immune system and nervous systems. You can see how LDL works for the immune system by the fact it is found in plaque. Coronary disease is autoimmune. When it comes to LDL, the size matters. Small, dense particles when elevated are strongly correlated to a heightened risk of heart disease. Previous studies measure total LDL. That data is irrelevant. What matters is the ratio of LDL versus HDL. The more HDL particles versus LDL, the better. That science is settled. Suppressing cholesterol levels will negatively impact the body.
It is also important to note on Harvard's website they state the following "Epidemiological studies find that groups of people who include coconut as part of their native diets (e.g., India, Philippines, Polynesia) have low rates of cardiovascular disease". Which contradicts all claims state by Harvard Professor Karin Michels. She has not conducted any clinical trials and is speaking strictly from an opinion. What she has stated is a blatant lie. For this comment to draw so much attraction with no evidence to support, you have to question the legitimacy of our mainstream science and media.
We proudly use Coconut Oil as the base of every Super Budder. Please note, when applied to the skin you are not digesting the Coconut Oil. Share this post with your friends and family to help raise awareness to the truth surrounding Coconut Oil and Cardiovascular health.
Harvard's Facts on Coconut Oil
Studies you can review The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/91/3/535/4597110 https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/103/2/356/4564754 https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/102/6/1563/4555183
BMJ Open Journal https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/6/e010401