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Yes – It is Healthy to Eat Coconut Oil

Don’t be Confused by news reports on Trans Fats and coconut oil. Here is the report:

“Don’t be tricked into eating the “lesser” of two evils. As “trans fats” gained a bad rap over the last few years, food manufacturers responded by replacing hydrogenated vegetable oils with tropical oils. The problem? Oils made from palm, coconut, and palm kernel might not be manipulated with hydrogen as trans fats are, but they are still astronomically high in saturated fat, another artery clogger.”

We NEED saturated fats in our diet – fats from animal products and coconut or palm oil are essential. We need them for energy, cell membranes, to make hormones, and pad organs. Weston A Price reports, The Importance of Saturated Fats.

The “dangers” of saturated fats were first pointed out by the vegetable industry (follow the money). By hydrogenating oils this industry promoted margarine etc. as a healthy replacement for “dangerous” butter and saturated fat. Now we know that these hydrogenated oils are trans fats and they are deadly. When we study traditional cultures that have never consumed the man-made oils that we consume, we find them eating the traditional oils like coconut oil and palm oil – and heart disease and cancer are virtually unknown in this population.

I eat beef, butter and coconut oil to get saturated fats in my diet.  Coconut oil makes you lean because it creates energy and is not stored as fat.

Saturated fats are necessary to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.

The real things to consider is what “food” are they substituting coconut oil for trans fats anyway. It is the processed junk that we don’t want to eat – the cookies etc.

So if you are asking me if it is ok to eat coconut oil – the answer is absolutely yes!
If you are asking me if it is ok to eat processed foods that contain coconut oil, the answer is probably not.

Coconut oil is commonly found in stores and on the internet for household use.

Red palm oil is not typically found in stores, but you can find this healthy oil on the internet.

Coconut Research Center reports on red palm oil:

Red palm oil not only supplies fatty acids essential for proper growth and development, but it is packed with an assortment of vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients important for good health. Red palm oil gets its name from its characteristic dark red color. The color comes from carotenes such as beta-carotene and lycopene—the same nutrients that give tomatoes and carrots and other fruits and vegetables their rich red and orange colors.

Learn more: Taking the fear out of eating fat.


 

 

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