News Roundup: Coconut Oil


Coconut oil has taken the Internet by storm in recent years as a healthy substitute for other oils. This oil has also become a popular “super” food, with high use in paleo diets. However, new findings suggest that coconut oil may be better suited for use on the body instead of in the body.

This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to the new finding from the American Heart Association on limiting coconut oil usage.

Study: Coconut oil great for your skin, not so great for your health. CNN. “Data shows coconut oil increased LDL or bad cholesterol in seven out of seven trials, which can increase cardiovascular risks…One benefit the study did point about coconut oil is that it's a holy grail for hair and skin care.”

New Study Confirms That Coconut Oil Is Alarmingly High in Saturated Fat. Huffington Post. “In fact, 82 percent of the fat found in coconut oil is saturated ― that’s significantly more than olive oil, which clocks in at 14 percent and canola oil, which contains a mere seven percent.”

Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy. USA Today. “’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,’ the American Heart Association said in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory.”

Coconut Oil Raises Bad Cholesterol, According To Advisory By The American Heart Association.Medical Daily. “According to the World Heart Federation, eating too much saturated fat can lead to high cholesterol, which in turn can lead to plaque build-up on your artery walls. Too much build-up increases your risk of heart disease.”


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