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The Truth About Coconut Oil

By Sara Butler

You’ve probably heard the news: Coconut oil isn’t nearly as good for you as you may have thought. It seems like over the past couple of years that coconut has been touted as a miracle oil to cure what’s ailing you – from dry skin to dry hair to cholesterol. Now the American Heart Association has reported that everyone needs to slow their roll about this oil, but there’s no need to freak out. You can still be healthy and a lover of coconut oil.

What’s Going On?

In the report issued recently, it seems that the high saturated fat in coconut oil is really bad for heart health. It increases the bad (LDL) cholesterol, which is a big contributor to the development of heart disease. That seems to be contrary to the things people have believed about coconut oil up until now but that doesn’t mean you have to give it up altogether. It’s true that it’s not a miracle worker but using it smartly also won’t cause you to keel over tomorrow.

It’s true that eating more saturated fat has an impact on cholesterol but the fats in coconut oil also increase the good (HDL) cholesterol. You don’t want to eat it morning, noon, and night, but using it in the dishes you want also isn’t a death sentence.

Your Overall Diet

The truth of the matter is that looking at your overall diet is way more important than any one food that you eat. How healthy or unhealthy coconut oil is for you depends in large part on what else you eat. A diet high in saturated fat without enough fiber and other nutrients is bad for you. If you’re eating a diet full of healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, fiber, lean protein, and whole grains, then coconut oil probably isn’t going to be unhealthy for you.

To put it simply, an unhealthy diet with the addition of coconut oil is not great for you; occasionally having coconut oil as the part of a healthy diet is more than likely just fine.

The bottom line is that almost any food, if eaten in unhealthy amounts, can be bad for you. Coconut oil isn’t immune to that. You can’t binge on the stuff but it still has a place in a diet that is otherwise healthy and well-rounded.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cypress, Tex.

 

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