Coconut oil- one of the enticingly natural “superfoods” endorsed by the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow has now hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Talk about the much advertised benefits of coconut oil and you will actually know that a fruit that the Britons hardly knew about even a few years ago, has emerged as a superfood among them.
Are the health benefits of coconut oil estimated by its ubiquity?
The health food shops with the products packed with the benefits of coconut are only ubiquitous. Recent researches – however- seek to subvert these claims. Coconut oil is definitely under the radar—the long extolled benefits – it has been claimed were nothing but hype. Let us find out more about the basis of such an observation.
The American Heart Association or AHA has recently conducted a research according to which coconut oil contains the same level of fat as that of beef dripping. Yes! Here’s from where – for many of us- the truth about the health benefits of coconut topples. Do read on to find out what the research has to say.
Does coconut oil really have any health benefit to offer?
It has been opined that the food is brimming with saturated fat which is often found responsible for clogging arteries. The recent alert has triggered an online battle whereby some clearly opine that the science of coconut oil is more complex than what we can imagine, whereas there are others claiming that the endorsements have successfully blinded faddies.
At the onset, however, it might as well be difficult to estimate the harmful effect of coconut oil – simply because of the conflicting opinions regarding the inclusion of fat in our diet.
Coconut oil which is used for variant purposes including frying, toasting and baking is extracted from the coconut meat. It has been routinely used in different Asian, South American and African countries for centuries. The concerns regarding the high saturated fat content only surfaced in the last century and continue to confound us till to this date.
The spokesperson for British Diabetic Association, Priya Tew has said that coconut oil contains high saturated fat – about 92%– which is more than what butter or lard contains.
The presence of trans-fats is a matter of grave concern because among all the types of fat this one is considered to be the least healthy. Thanks to the chemical transformation – this particular type of fat is hard to be processed by our bodies. It is directly responsible for raising bad LDL cholesterol and decreasing good HDL cholesterols thereby adding to the risk of heart disease and stroke.
These fats are held responsible for type 2 diabetes as well. Unsaturated fats – on the other hand – are discussed more for their benefits quite simply because of the fact that they bolster the level of good HDL cholesterol.
It is very important to educate yourself about the fundamentals of dietary fat in order to estimate the impact of coconut oil on our health.