The American Heart Association recently released a report showing the health hazards of coconut oil.
The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials.
Researchers didn’t see a difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, according to the data – far beyond butter, beef fat and pork lard.
“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD , and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” the American Heart Association said in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory.
The problem is St-Onge’s research used a “Designer oil” packed with 100% MCTs. Traditional coconut oil only contains about 13 to 15%. Another study she published showed smaller doses of MCTs doesn’t help with weight loss in overweight adolescents.
Before you trash your coconut oil, know that saturated fat is a loaded term.