COCONUT OIL: what’s the deal????
I made an IG post about this –> check it out
And said that I would break it down some more in a blog, SO HERE I AM BREAKING IT DOWNNNNNNNNN BABEZ
Ok ok now moving on – what is the deal?
People use coconut oil for EVERYTHING.
- oil pulling
- to eat
- for medical reasons (*)
- boyfriend problems
- LITERALLY EVERYTHING
So does it help? Does it work? Is it magical?
Yes and no.
Coconut oil is “made” mostly of saturated fat lauric acid.
Wait… I thought I we were supposed to stay away from/limit saturated fat??
We “are” because too much ‘saturated fat’ can cause a rise in LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). And while coconut oil is MOSTLY comprised of lauric acid, it does contain other types of saturated fat that raise LDL.
However, more scientific evidence is suggesting that saturated fats might not be as bad as previously thought. Researchers found that even at the extremes of very low intake compared to very high intake (of saturated fat), there was no difference in any of the studied outcomes (Siri-Tarino et al., 2010).
“The Great Fat Debate”, was published by leading nutrition experts in the ‘Journal of the America Dietetic Association’ (Zelman, 2011) with some take-away points:
- It is not the amount of fat intake, but rather the type of fat that is important for health. (Keep in mind that fat is more calorie-dense than carbs and protein)
- The evidence against saturated fat is still being debated, but polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are clearly healthy.
- While saturated fats aren’t necessarily “good for you”, a healthy and balanced diet can include saturated fats
- Using coconut oil in place of other fats from your diet is much better than adding it on because it’s “healthy”
What do you need to know? Eating coconut oil MAY increase cardiovascular disease risk, but the evidence is conflicting. Coconut oil has potentially beneficial MCTs in it, but lower levels than people think.
Read the research, and decide for yourself. Examine.com has a great article outlining the best arguments for and against coconut oil. (check it out)
I use coconut oil in place of fat from foods because it has been helping with my digestion. Not to say it will help you, but I found it works for me.
Other than on foods, coconut oil has seen a lot of benefits when it comes to moisturizing your hair, skin, nails, etc. I even use it on my dogs neck because it gets irritated from his collars. You can get creative with coconut oil, but just no that it’s not exactly a “cure all”. It may help, it may not. It may “work for you” and it may not.
It helps with my digestion and my dog (@gusthedude) loves it, so it’s a winner in my book.
It’s also VERY important to get OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS in your diet (ayyyy fish/fish oil pills) and to make sure your ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 is right. (Grab some fish oil HERE)
Do you want a post on fish oil/omega-3 vs omega-6 fatty acids? Let me know friends!
xx Sue Gainz