What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil?

Have you been tuned into to the news and social media outlets?? Well, apparently, the media has been in a frenzy about new claims that coconut oil isn’t healthy for you. This is so shocking to so many people because within the last couple of years coconut oil has been getting a lot of recognition in the health and fitness world for being a good source of fat. Now, recent studies and claims are showing that coconut oil actually raises the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. So, what do you believe? Is it good for you or bad for you?

Here’s what I want you to consider before jumping on either one side of this new discovery… Sometimes people who want to lose weight and need to know where to start will latch on to “promises” of quick fixes out of desperation and confusion. We see this so often. For example, take a look at the apple cider vinegar (ACV) craze where people are guzzling a ton of ACV a day in the hope of a flatter tummy. Also, take a look at the detox tea craze where people drink detox teas in efforts to lose fat. Let’s not start with waist trainers. Coconut oil quickly became just like any other “new thing” on the scene. The studies linking coconut oil to good skin, good hair, and weight loss made coconut oil seem like a miracle! So, here’s what happens when people think something is a miracle cure or fix… they over do it!

True, coconut oil is a saturated fat. But, that’s not COMPLETELY a “bad” thing. That just means that saturated fats should be consumed in moderation. However, that may be a difficult concept to grasp for people who want to change their eating patterns, lose weight, and become healthier NOW. And, to be honest, on the flip side, sometimes people just don’t have the right information or adequate information available to them, so they do what they believe is right.

When deciding if coconut oil is a “bad” thing to eat based on the claims of raising your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, you should consider personal factors such as the person’s overall diet and cardiovascular & cholesterol issues prior to starting on a regimen of heavy coconut oil consumption. If a person has increased LDL levels, I am inclined to believe (and, I can be wrong) that this is not totally from coconut oil, but from other foods that the person might be consuming. With a clean diet and active lifestyle, it is a little difficult to see your LDL cholesterol levels fly off the chart just from consuming coconut oil. If that is happening to you, we might need to pay attention to some other factors…

If you are a fan of coconut oil, which I am, cook and consume it with moderation. Let me define moderation because sometimes this concept when left up to individual persons can be all kinds of messed up. Moderation means to enjoy in lesser frequency than normal; void of going to extremes; balanced. Moderation typically does not refer to every day, but a couple of times a week or once a day, depending on the context.

So, don’t go throw all of your coconut out now! It’s OK for consumption in moderation. But, of course, make sure to check with your doctor for a final say so, especially if you have chronic illness and/or other cardiovascular issues. Also, make some plans to use/eat coconut oil a few times a week along with some other great fats like olive oil, avocado, walnuts, and salmon. Mix it up! Have fun with variety! Don’t over do one thing… And, we’ll talk about that apple cider vinegar later…

 

So, what do you say, is coconut oil IN or OUT for you?? Leave me your answer under my Instagram post with the blog announcement – @drebonyonline.

 

Dr. Eb

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