I know you’ve been following health trends for the last decade, you smart, sexy things, so I’m sure you’ve heard all about coconut oil.

It’s the miracle oil. Use it on your skin, your hair, your salads, your rice. And hey, bring it into the bedroom, too! There is no problem coconut oil can’t fix, right?

Well…maybe not quite.

You see, coconut oil is one of those rare plant-based sources of saturated fat. Saturated fat, as we know, is usually only found in animal products, so sexy plant-based people like you don’t usually have to think about it. If you’ve been trying to eat for the sexy body of your dreams, but haven’t managed to reach your weight loss goals, this research might help you.

As we’ve discussed, saturated fat is a major cause of increased LDL (bad cholesterol), which, yep, is the biggest risk factor for heart disease. 

Coconut oil advocates are arguing that the saturated fat in coconut oil doesn’t raise cholesterol. But guess who else says that…the beef industry! 

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association always talks about a certain stearic acid, which is a saturated fat found in beef that doesn’t raise cholesterol. They neglect to mention, of course, that beef is also high in palmitic, merits and lauric acids—all of which do raise bad cholesterol..  That’s a good marketing trick, hey?

On the same sneaky track, a fairly recent study found cholesterol levels to be much lower on a coconut oil diet—but only when compared to butter. 

Let’s be clear: if the best thing coconut oil has going for it is that it’s not as terrible as butter, that’s nothing to brag about! 

Let’s get you nourished—let’s get these facts straight!

Recently, four new studies have emerged to give us a bit more insight into the benefits—or dangers—of coconut oil consumption. A population study of Filipino women found that those who ate the most coconut oil had the highest levels of bad cholesterol and were the most overweight (which you may remember can also raise cholesterol). However, once researchers factored in the coconut oil group’s higher calorie intake and higher weight, the cholesterol levels were no longer statistically significant. 

Enter the clinical trials…The first gave participants two tablespoons of coconut oil every day for three months, and measured some cholesterol increase—but only minimal. But, participants were also put on a restricted calorie diet to cause them to lose weight. Their LDL should have dropped on that weight loss program, but instead it went up! That’s not good.

Another randomized crossover study found coconut oil significantly worsened LDL cholesterol levels, leading researchers to suggest consumers use it sparingly—if at all.

By now you’ve probably heard me say that the most effective diet for fast, healthy weight loss is entirely free of any oils. If you want to slim down and heal serious disease or obesity as soon as possible, I strongly advise you to keep the coconut oil—and all oils—out of your cupboard.

But no need to toss the coconut oil entirely; it does make a great massage oil and full body moisturiser. Or… you know… there are a few other uses. Why not just move that jar into your bedroom?

Tip: If you are already healthy and slim you have much more leniency to get away with treats such as raw cakes with coconut oil and a lightly oiled pan for frying. But if you’re not slim and healthy then I recommend you leave it out until you get where you need to be.

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Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM https://nutritionfacts.org

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