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Just thought you should know: The Truth about Coconut Oil

Just when society was beginning to accept that saturated fat was okay to consume, it’s under attack, once again.  As you may, or may not know, the American Heart Association ( AHA)  has come out with a report demonizing ALL saturated fats, including coconut oil. This report has the whole natural health and holistic nutrition community in an uproar. So, what should you believe? I want you to keep in mind that the AHA is the same group that considers refined vegetable oil to be healthy. 

Our society is chronically unhealthy and we all know this. The low fat trend, recommended by the AHA, began an era that demonized fat, specifically saturated fat, which still continues to this day.  Is this a healthy trend? Is it logical to continue to demonize fat?  Since the 1970’s, when the low fat trend began, our society has progressively grown fatter and sicker. Let’s take a look at some statistics and you can judge for yourself:

  •  chronic diseases affect approximately 133 million Americans, 40% of the population . (1)
  • In 2009, 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. were due to chronic diseases.  More than 50% if deaths each year are due to heart disease, cancer and stroke. (1)
  • The Worldwide rate of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, – approximately 500 million adults worldwide are currently classified as obese. (2)
  • Approximately 2/3 of the US population (70%) is overweight or obese. (2) Of that portion of the population, 30% are obese. (6) For comparison, in 1970, the obesity rate was 14%. (6)
  • In 1973, 2.04% of the US population (4.19 million people) had been diagnosed with  Diabetes. In 2015, that number had increased to 7.4% (23.35 million people) (3)
  • On the chart below, courtesy of lanekenworthy.net, notice the sharp increase in obesity since 1980. (the low fat recommendations came out in 1976)

Now, I want to point out that the increase in sugar intake between 1970 and today should absolutely be taken into account when looking at these statistics.  In 1977, the average intake of sugar was 228 calories per day. In 2009-2010, the average sugar intake was 300 calories per day, an increase of 30%. (5) In my opinion,  we can trace this back to the AHA recommendations on fat. Back in the 1970’s (1976 to be precise) is when we were told fat is bad. This was also the time when high fructose corn syrup was invented and when the fat free products hit the market. Fat free products lack flavor, so, to make up for the lack of flavor, sugar was added. The result, a society that is overweight, sick, addicted to sugar and well you can see by the statistics.  One wonders what would have happened, had sugar been demonized in the 1970’s instead of fat.

Below are several  videos from different medical professionals giving their opinions on whether or not coconut oil is healthy. Listen to one or all, then you can judge for yourself. I have also included 4 articles against coconut oil, so you can see both sides of the argument. What are your thoughts on coconut oil? At the end of the day, if you’re unsure of all this or just don’t care,  I say JUST EAT REAL FOOD. Get your fat from whole food sources such as nuts, seeds, chia, flax, fish, coconuts, grass-fed beef and avocado.

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Here are the articles against coconut oil

Sources

  1. http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/sites/default/files/NHC_Files/Pdf_Files/AboutChronicDisease.pdf
  2. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-trends/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/slides/long_term_trends.pdf
  4. http://www.livestrong.com/article/384722-how-much-have-obesity-rates-risen-since-1950/
  5. http://www.obesity.org/news/press-releases/us-adult
  6. https://www3.nd.edu/~wevans1/fresh_honor_seminar/obesity.pdf
About Tamara Hoerner (726 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

13 Comments on Just thought you should know: The Truth about Coconut Oil

  1. Thank you for posting on this!

    This whole “fat is bad” thing reminds me of the old Einstein cliche of insanity — doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

    By demonizing all fat and impressing this low fat/non fat lifestyle on 300 million folks, expecting them to magically become fit and healthy is insanity.

    Keto and paleo have taught me to disregard what other misinformed people consider “healthy”.

    With keto, I’m literally eating how people my whole life told me to NOT eat… and I’ve lost 37lbs in 5 months and I’m the happiest, healthiest, and most active I’ve ever been.

    And you know what — I put two WHOPPING table spoons of coconut oil AND organic butter in my coffee this morning. And so far, I’ve walked a two miles on my breaks and lunch.

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    • You’re welcome. I love your comparison to that wonderful Einstein quote. That is very true. When will they get it? All people have to do is pull up the statistics and see that the AHA recommendations aren’t working.
      I personally believe it’s about politics and money. The vegetable oil companies have to be losing money…After all, coconut oil comes from over seas.
      Congratulations on your weight loss and regaining health. That’s marvelous. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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  2. Great post. When I read Nina Teicholz’s book The Big Fat Surprise I was amazed at her terrific reporting on how bad science had overtaken health and nutrition research. So sad this legacy continues today!

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  3. Here in the UK, we take anything The Daily Fail (sic) prints with a huge pinch of salt! Personally, I think Big Pharma and Big Food are behind much of the advice given out by the establishment authorities and so I don’t take much notice other than to do a lot of teeth-grinding and book another dental appointment 😄 Good post 👌🏻

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  4. Yes! Right when I thought everyone was done fearing fat! Ugh!! Why do they have to continue to lie to us??

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  5. paletteofcolours // July 1, 2017 at 10:49 am // Reply

    This is great article! I think all these messages are very confusing and people forget to simply carry on with balanced diet…

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  6. yep, all on point; as you say vested interests at work. I’m off to indulge in coconut oil in all its glory. Thanks for the follow too

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  7. Thanks 🙏 for the mention.

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