Michels based his warning on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil, which is known to raise levels of LDL cholesterol, and thus, the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yes, that coconut oil.
That is the main drawback of coconut oil is its very fat. It can be used in moderation, according to Doctor Walter C. Willett, of Harvard's Department of Nutrition. The AHA recommended that the public should opt for naturally occurring vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil.
Manufacturers and sellers of coconut oil usually argue the need to purchase this product that is its unprecedented use. How useful this oil is still under debate.
"For the time being, if you like the taste of coconut oil, then, as with butter, it is fine to use it every now and then". While coconut oil may raise HDL levels, there is still no evidence to suggest that the type of HDL created from coconut oil is the kind that also lowers the level of LDL.
So what about coconut water to rehydrate rather than a sugary sports drink? In fact, it has more than 80 percent saturated fat, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA). He said rigorous clinical trials and observational studies both show that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats helps reduce heart disease and related deaths. This may be due to its high content of a fatty acid known as lauric acid. "Saturated fats are just one piece of the puzzle".
Despite the advice, promotions from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett, and celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and others, have helped United Kingdom sales of coconut oil surge in recent years.