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AHA: Coconut oil not so healthy as claimed

Written by: Razman F | 18 Jun 2017 13:02
Some claim that the mixture of fats in coconut oil still make it a healthy option, but AHA says there is no good-quality evidence for this.
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18 Jun 2017 13:02
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Coconut oil is unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, US heart experts say. 

The BBC quoted the American Heart Association (AHA) as saying that coconut oil is packed with saturated fat which can raise "bad" cholesterol.

Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and there have been strong recent claims the fat in it may be better for us than other saturated fats.

The AHA, however, says there are no good studies to support this.

According to the AHA, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated.

That's more than in butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).
And, like other saturated fats, studies show it can increase "bad" cholesterol.

Some claim that the mixture of fats in coconut oil still make it a healthy option, but the AHA says there is no good-quality evidence for this.

It says people should limit how much saturated fat they eat, replacing some of it with unsaturated vegetable oils - olive oil and sunflower oil, and their spreads.

According to the AHA, studies show swaps such as this can lower cholesterol by the same magnitude as cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Dr Frank Sacks, lead author of the AHA advice, said: "We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels."
The AHA's statement is likely to be scoffed by proponents of organic and natural food, who have been championing the use of coconut oil in the West as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical products. 

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