Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coconut Oil -- a crazy dichotomy

I am trying to better understand the impact of coconut oil on the body. I know that everything I read indicates that even though coconut oil is comprised of saturated fat (92%, in fact), the type of fat actually works different from its sinister counterparts. So, I started snooping around on coconut oil and heart disease...here is what I found.

- coconut oil is high in saturated fat and saturated fat is often connected to high blood pressure
- consuming coconut oil and coconut flesh are two very different things and vary greatly in how our bodies utilize coconut products
- eating coconut meat actually lowers blood pressure having a positive effect on heart-related activity
- even though consuming coconut oil increases cholesterol, there is little evidence indicating any negative effects of coconut oil (therein lies the dichotomy)

So while I have friends who would not touch coconut oil with a ten foot poll, I do believe that coconut oil is an anamoly and we should look into it and challenge everything about it but don't be surprised if all you can find is good information about this wonder product!

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