The health world hails coconut oil, but the American Heart Association (AHA) just released a report that may make you want to put it down.
“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil.” – USA Today
According to the American Heart Association, a whopping 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated fat.
“That’s more than in butter (63%,), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%). – BBC News
The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 13 grams of saturated fat a day. One tablespoon of coconut oil has 14 grams of saturated fat and 120 calories. That’s the full day’s allowance.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
By contrast, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil contains only 2 grams of saturated fat. It’s safe to cook with and unlike coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil contains the healthy kind of fat that protects brain and heart health.
Don’t Throw It Out
Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for skin and hair. The lead author of the AHA’s report, Frank Sacks says:
“You can put it ON your body, but don’t put it IN your body.”