The war on cholesterol is extremely unfortunate because this misinformation out there is actually making people sick. Not only is cholesterol necessary for a healthy body and mind, but coconut oil nourishes the brain and supports the right kind of cholesterol your body needs. The following research has been shared from Dr. Perlmutter's website, who is a renowned neurologist whose expertise includes gluten issues, brain health & nutrition, and preventing neurodegenerative disorders. You can find the full report, with mounds of medical research to back it, here: https://www.drperlmutter.com/is-coconut-oil-still-healthy-the-truth-behind-the-recent-headlines/
The main take away: Saturated Fats Do NOT Cause Cardiovascular Disease
Somehow, the fundamentally flawed hypothesis, that saturated fat causes cardiovascular disease, became the prevailing belief in the 1950s. This notion has had tremendous staying power even though there are numerous studies indicating that saturated fats do not lead to CVD.
In fact, one 2014 study even urged the AHA to consider the evidence that saturated fats may be beneficial when updating their future guidelines. Seems they missed the memo. If the culprit behind CVD isn’t saturated fat, what is?
Inflammation is what causes cardiovascular disease.
If you want a healthy heart, you need to focus on a diet that reduces inflammation and oxidation. This means reducing processed foods, sugars, and simple carbs. Also, be sure you’re eating healthy sources of saturated fats like grass-fed butter, grass-fed beef, and, you guessed it, coconut oil.
Research has proven that inflammation causes CVD. And guess what causes inflammation: vegetable oils! They are loaded with pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Additionally, vegetable fats are high in linoleic acids. Studies have shown that replacing saturated fats with corn oil increases the risk of coronary heart disease and increases a person’s risk of death by 22 percent.
Vegetable oils should be avoided at all costs. They are inflammatory, high in linoleic acids, contain pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate, and are unstable under heat causing oxidation in the body. Oxidation happens through chemical reactions in our bodies. The process creates "free radicals," which causes damage to our cells that raises our risk for (you guessed it) heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many other problems. Bottom line, don't blindly trust research before looking into third party credible sources, pockets are being lined at the sake of our health. I think we've all learned that from the recent Monsanto verdict.
As always, this is not medical advice. It is tips to empower you to care for yourself and your family.
Hi, I'm Teresa. I am a Holistic Health Coach who focuses on autoimmunity and building your best self.