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Friday 11 May 2018

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Part 3

Health Benefits  of Coconut Oil Part 3

This is in continuation  of our discussion on the various health impact of coconut especially  it's oil on health.   In this section, we are looking at various studies confirming that coconut is healthy and its oil with the saturated  fat does not hurt as much as was previously  believed.

The truth about coconut and its oil is obvious to anyone who has studied  the health of those who lived in traditional tropical cultures where coconut has been a nutritious diet staple for thousands of years.

Back in the 1930s, a dentist named Dr Weston Price travelled throughout the south Pacific examining traditional diets and the effect on dental and overall  health.  He found out that those eating diets High coconut products were healthy and trim despite  the high fat concentration  in their diets and that heart disease was virtually  non existent.

Based on over 60yrs negative public policy and belief concerning naturally occurring saturated fats,  you would expect these cultures to be rude with clogged arteries,  obesity and heart disease.

Another incident confirming  the positive impact of coconut oil on health was in the 1940s, farmers found out this effect by accident  we may say,  when they tried  using inexpensive  coconut oil to fatten their livestock,  it did not work, instead coconut oil made the animals lean, active and hungry.   Many animal and human research studies  have demonstrated  that replacing LCFAs with MCFAs results in both decreased body weight and reduced fat deposition.

Other studies on Pacific Islands  population  who get 30%- 60%  of their total calorie intake from fully saturated  coconut oil have all shown  nearly non existent  rates of cardiovascular  diseases.   Best example  of such a population are the Tokelauans who live in South Pacific.   They eatover 60% of their calories from coconut and are the biggest consumers of saturated fats in the world,  these people are in excellent  health with no evidence of heart disease.

It may be surprising  for you to learn that the naturally occurring saturated fats in coconut oil has a high smoke point and does not form harmful products like other oils even when heated to normal cooking temperature.

Virgin Coconut oil for example  will not go rancid even at room temperature  in the tropics for a couple of years.

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