Why coconut oil is not as healthy as we think

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Why coconut oil is not as healthy as we think

All coconut oil fans must be very strong: the oil, celebrated by many as a healthy miracle cure, is not supposed to be as healthy as we all think.

On the contrary: it is even said to be bad for us, specifically for our cholesterol levels. That’s what US experts claim. More than 70 percent of the American population consider coconut oil to be “healthy”. That is why the American Heart Association has taken on the topic – and published worrying findings .

Bye bye, coconut oil!
Coconut oil is 82 percent saturated fat , surpassing animal fats like butter (63 percent saturated fat), beef fat (50 percent), and lard (39 percent). These fatty acids have a negative effect on the fat metabolism and are therefore anything but healthy for our body.

Instead of using coconut oil, the American Heart Association recommends olive oil, canola oil , or sunflower oil. They also contain a lot more vitamins. For example, 100 grams of coconut oil contain just 1.8 milligrams of vitamin E, while rapeseed oil contains 19 milligrams.

“No reason to use coconut oil”
Overall, there is no health reason to consume coconut oil in large quantities, according to various studies by the British Nutrition Foundation .

Coconut oil contains a high percentage of lauric acid. This medium-chain fatty acid has been shown to increase LDL cholesterol, i.e. the unfavorable cholesterol. In small amounts, however, coconut oil can be a good addition to the kitchen: exotic dishes such as curries give coconut oil a fresh, sweet taste.

As always, if you don’t overdo it with the consumption of coconut oil, you have nothing to fear. Nevertheless, coconut oil is not a healthy miracle cure. Luckily we don’t have to ban it from our beauty shelves.

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