American Heart Association advises against eating coconut oil

Oceane Deschanel
Junho 20, 2017

That's similar to reductions typically seen with the use of statin drugs. A chart in the document shows that coconut oil has more saturated fat than lard, canola oil or even butter. Other healthier oils listed include corn oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil.

The American Heart Association attributed the disconnect between the two the marketing of coconut oil in popular press.

Polyunsaturated fats seem to lower risk of heart disease the most, followed by monounsaturated fats.

Are you going to stop using coconut oil?

OK so there's some pretty convincing evidence that the coconut oil as a healthy alternative is bogus, but that doesn't mean it's time to toss all your coconut oil. "There's no basis at all for that, and in fact we were trying to figure out where those claims came from", says Dr. Sacks.

Coconut oil has more saturated fat than other oils - about 82 percent, whereas butter is 63 percent saturated fat, beef fat is 50 percent and pork lard comes in at 39 percent. Previous studies have confirmed that saturated fats can increase the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood, which can clog arteries and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Frank Sacks, lead author of the advisory and professor of cardiovascular disease prevention in the Harvard School of Public Health's nutrition department, said coconut oil is a flawless example of a widely believed trend that has no scientific backing.

The debate on saturated fats has been going on for years.

It all boils down to saturated fat and cholesterol.

"We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels", Frank Sacks from AHA was quoted as saying by the "BBC News".

St-Onge's study found the medium chain triglycerides appeared to increase post-meal calorie burn and even resulted in extra weight loss for men. The new AHA paper acknowledges this finding, and that's one reason the authors advocate for an overall health-eating pattern, like the DASH Diet or Mediterranean diet.

Dr. Vallabhan says that's why you shouldn't cook with it.

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