A Positive Boost for Coconut Oil

By Dr Harold Gunatillake
Health writer

Coconut oil is being given damaging reports again, as an unhealthy cooking oil for daily use, due to its misguided association with saturated fat. Dietary guidelines inevitably fail to distinguish between different kinds of saturated fats and insist that saturated fats (meaning all saturated fats) are harmful.

This is not only misleading but bad science and considered as vested interest propaganda.

There are good fats and bad fats. Fatty acids in coconut oil about 60 percent are mainly monoglycerides like lauric acid, myristic acid and capric acid, are not used as raw products to manufacture cholesterol in the liver, instead they have anti-microbial properties, which no other cooking oil has, in addition to many healthy properties, as Mary Enig, President of the Pacific Basin Coconut Association states in her book. (For further reading: Mary G. Enig, Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century), also the Center for Research on Lauric Oils, Inc.
Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit association of nutritionists, said, "Different types of saturated fats behave differently."

The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, and bad LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, in the blood, but is not thought to negatively affect the overall ratio of the two. She went on to say that while it is still uncertain whether coconut oil is actively beneficial the way olive oil is, small amounts probably are not harmful.

But the best reason to use coconut oil is the taste it adds to food. "Virgin coconut oil has a deep coconut flavor that persists even after cooking," writes Ms. Clark.
Read the full article, "Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World," to learn more about coconut oil. And then check out these four new ways Ms. Clark suggests to cook with coconut oil.

Coconut Oil could be banned

The following memo was circulating through emails about a month ago, and the author personally communicated with the US Food and Drug Administration – Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Outreach and Information Center College.

Email received from Industry: industry@fda.gov stated that there was no truth that FDA was banning coconut products.

It is clear that this memo was a hoax to discredit coconut oil as the sales were increasing in most affluent non-coconut growing countries.

"A recent spike in coconut oil imports into Australia and the United States has prompted warnings from the FDA and AHA about the over-consumption of saturated fats including coconut oil. "It appears as though the general public has ignored warnings about the ill-effects of consuming saturated fats," said Paula Washington – spokeswoman for the Heart Foundation Australia and adds, 'coconut oil has gained popularity recently especially amongst the fashionable alternative "natural" eating society and it seems as though this dangerous fad has spread into the wider community. Substituting mono and polyunsaturated vegetable oils with coconut oil poses proven significant health risks and measures will be carried out to curb this sudden fad before it gets out of control. A total ban on imports could be considered however a "bad fat" tax is also an option".

The author of the present article, has written many references on the benefits of coconut oil and the nut being considered a functional fruit for the people in most developing countries. Bad publicity comes from those affluent western countries where coconut trees are not grown, and instead other oils being manufactured from vegetable seeds, like soy, canola, corn, among others, grown in those respective countries.

Do not believe the author, but read what Miranda Kerr has to say about coconut products. She appeared on channel nine (Australia) in one of the night programs on 3rd April and spoke on this subject.

What more can I say!

Miranda Kerr's Beauty Secret: Eating Coconut Oil?

Miranda Kerr is a walking inspiration for never eating again. Or, let's be honest with ourselves, for putting more effort into working out because no one really wants to give up carbs or sweets.

The supermodel who walked the catwalk with a rocking body just weeks after giving birth and has flawless, glowing skin every single time the paparazzi catch her with her little bundle of joy claims that her secret beauty regimen is to get a daily dose of coconut oil.

But, we don't mean putting it in her hair or on her skin — Kerr apparently revealed that she dilutes the oil in green tea or drizzles it over salads.

She claims that her glossy hair and glowing skin are due to the fact that she has been drinking the stuff since she was 14-years-old. And apparently, according to the Daily Mail, sales of coconut oil at Holland & Barrett's 625 UK stores have increased by more than 50 percent.

Would you drink or eat coconut oil in an attempt to look like Miranda Kerr?

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