Today there is a lot of confusion around coconut oil.  We want to set this record straight in the hope that you will consider giving coconut oil a try.

Food Industry Changes

Until the 1980s palm oils were common ingredients in most foods and were preferred for their desirable properties in cooking. The saturated fats in these palm oils were highly stable, which meant they would not go rancid as quickly at high temperatures. What changed was that the American Soybean Association put out a massive campaign to discredit the health benefits of coconut oil in linking the saturated fats in coconut oil to heart disease. The products that originally had palm oils were replaced with soybean oils, and polyunsaturated oils and their hydrogenated products. According to author Bruce Fife of The Coconut Oil Miracle, these hydrogenated replacements contain as much saturated fat as the tropical oils, but they are not made from easily digestable medium-chain fatty acids, they are instead composed of toxic trans fatty acids. The book shows that the tropical oil war continued on, and it says that despite testimonials of respected medical professionals and lipid researchers, the media paid little attention, and the saturated-fat crisis was news that got headlines. Fast food restaurants began to replace the saturated fat they had been using with more “healthful” vegetable oils. Major food companies also jumped on board to change their products. According to Bruce Fife,

“All of this proves that money and politics can override truth.”

The Coconut Oil Miracle goes on to say,

“Who are you going to believe? Are you going to believe the soybean industry, which has a huge financial interest at stake, or are you going to believe the research based on Pacific Islanders, who eat a great deal of coconut oil and have far better health than the rest of us, and residents of Sri Lanka, who eat lots of coconut oil but have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world? Epidemiological studies show conclusively that populations that consume large amounts of coconut oil experience almost no heart disease, as compared to other populations whose diets contain only a small amount of coconut oil.”

Coconut Oil Fatty Acid Profile

Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat with 50% coming from lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid with many health promoting properties. The body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties. Lauric acid is found in another place, breast milk, and we all know how healthy breast milk is for our little ones. It is extremely useful in strengthening our immune systems. Coconut is the richest source of medium-chain triglycerides, which is different than long-chain fatty acids. According to Dr. Mercola,

“Long-Chain Fatty Acids (which you find in vegetable oils or seed oils) are difficult for the body to break down, put more strain on the pancreas, liver, and entire digestive system, are mostly stored in the body as fat, and can be deposited in arteries as cholesterol”.

“Medium-Chain Fatty Acids on the other hand are smaller, and go through cell walls easier without lipoproteins or enzymes to help them be utilized by the body. The easier digestion puts less strain on the digestive system. MCFAs are sent straight the to liver to be used for energy and not stored in the body as fat. The MCFAs in coconut oil can stimulate your metabolism- leading to better weight loss.”

Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Coconut oil is food and medicine and has been used for centuries all over the world. Here are some (but not all) of it’s health benefits:

  • Increases immunity
  • Thyroid health
  • Lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Enhances metabolism, promoting weight loss
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Assists in chronic fatigue
  • Immediate energy source
  • Aids in beautiful skin and hair
  • Supports the development of strong bones and teeth
  • Reduces chronic inflammation
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Kills bacteria, fungi, yeast, and viruses
  • Prevent damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun

Conclusion

Another great quote that I just love from The Coconut Oil Miracle says,

“A person who is aware of the health benefits of coconut oil but doesn’t use it is like the person who doesn’t wear a seat belt when driving. You’ve got a seat belt that can protect you from a number of nasty diseases. It would be foolish not to take advantage of it.”

We will leave you with that. Let us know your thoughts! Do any of you already use coconut oil in your daily routines?

What Research is Saying:
  1. Coconut Oil Atherogenic or Not?
  2. Medium Chain Fatty Acids: Functional Lipids for the Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome
  3. Health Oils from the Tree of Life
  4. 101 Uses for Coconut Oil
  5. Coconut Oil- Learn More About this Superfood That Contains Healthful Saturated Fats
  6. Coconut: in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  7. The Coconut Oil Miracle 
 
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  1. Having you guys heard of the oil cleansing method? I’ve started doing that for my facial routine. I’ve heard lots of good things about using coconut oil as a moisturizer! I haven’t tried that yet, because my face is oily so I just wanted to start out using olive oil and castor oil… (with a few drops of tea tree oil!) But eventually I would like to give coconut oil a whirl as a moisturizer if things continue to go well. I can already tell my face and skin feels more balanced and healthy :-)

      • Exactly! I did miss that post actually! Thanks for letting me know. I will have to share that with my friends that look at me crazy when I explain how in love I am with cleaning my face with oils, haha. I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe since we use oil to keep our cars clean too right? haha. I’m only 3 weeks in but like I said, it’s made a world of difference.

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