“I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea”, says Kerr. Her love of coconut oil is similar to Sports Illustrated cover model Carolyn Murphy who told fans on her Instagram page to eat butter!
The World Health Organization warns that such behavior is risky, however, and that coconut oil (or butter) consumed in such amounts leads to an increase in coronary artery risk. But, this foolish advice is based on outdated science.
Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine said that people should not consume that much coconut oil and that is should be used sparingly.
He also added:
You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet. I don’t know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat.
Dr. Robert Eckel, director of the General Clinical Research Center at Colorado Health Science University in Denver commented that:
Saturated fat intake does contribute to LDL [low-density lipoprotein] cholesterol, and that has been pretty well documented by research,” Eckel said referring to “bad” cholesterol.
What’s The Truth About Coconut Oil?
All this doctor-speak just goes to show that many physicians, even those with impressive titles from well respected centers of learning, have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to nutrition! In fact, they are embarrassing themselves with their elementary school understanding of the subject of healthy fats.
Coconut oil is one of the most healthy oils anyone can consume especially for weight loss! It is loaded with lauric acid, that wondrous fatty acid that is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. The human mammary gland produces lauric acid so that human infants get plenty of this magical fat to protect them from pathogens in their environment.
The saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides which means they are converted by the body into immediate energy, not as added weight! Cows fed coconut oil to fatten them up instead get lean, active, and very energetic!
Traditional societies studied by Dr. Weston A. Price that consumed large amounts of coconut oil had virtually no coronary artery disease whatsoever!
Consumer warning: do not substitute inferior MCT oil for coconut oil. MCT oil is a factory produced fat that has little to no lauric acid in it. It in no way compares to pure, virgin coconut oil in health benefits.
The phantom link of saturated fat to coronary artery disease has clearly been disproven by at least two major studies, yet these doctors spouting this misinformation to the detriment of anyone who listens are held up as “experts” to be quoted in newspaper articles (1)?
Does your doctor buy into this backward notion that coconut oil is bad for you or that it will somehow risk a heart attack? If so, it is clearly time to get a new doctor who understands that a daily coconut oil habit is, in fact, a healthy habit.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.