Daily consumption of coconut oil lowers stress, prevents liver ailments and manages asthma symptoms.
It’s hard to believe that one of the world’s best super-foods was demonised for decades. But that’s exactly the fate coconuts and coconut oil suffered, the latter being considered unhealthy for the heart. Global scientific research is now discovering the truth coconut lovers knew all along: coconuts are one of the most nutritious and healthy foods.
Fact versus Fiction
The myths about coconut oil began decades ago after the emergence of refined oils, which were marketed as being healthier. Today, it is clear that refined products lose much of their nutritive value during refining. Unrefined extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil holds multiple health benefits. The extraction or manufacturing method is crucial. For example, organic and extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is processed at temperatures not exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring maximum nutritive value retention. Therefore, this oil is best for health.
Coconut oil lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases by reducing cholesterol levels. But fears about its safety arose because it comprises around 92% saturated fats – much higher than butter and refined oils. The rationale:since coconut oil had high saturated fats, it was bad for the heart. Current research reveals this isn’t true. Indeed, people consuming coconut oil daily do not gain extra weight or body fat. This is partly because the saturated fats in coconut oil impart a feeling of satiety or fullness, making one eat less.
By: Aastha Sharma