For many people, coconut oil is an all natural wonder; the oil acts as a great skin moisturizer, hair conditioner for dry, frizzy hair, and a fantastic butter substitute. However, in a recent study published by the American Heart Association tells otherwise.
The study sheds light on the possible detrimental effects of coconut oil that contradict what initially lured people into the coconut oil fad. According to the AHA survey, the 72 percent of Americans believe coconut oil is health food and much of the oil is used in food, as an alternative to regular oil. However, as it turns out, coconut oil contains an astonishingly higher amount of saturated fat in comparison to other oils.
According to Frank Sanks, the report's author and heart disease specialist at Harvard School of Public Health, “You can put it on your body, but don’t put it in your body.”
A whopping 82 percent of fat found in coconut oil is saturated fats, much higher than pork lard, butter, and beef fat. AHA reviewed existing studies about saturated fats and discovered in 7 out of 8 studies, coconut oil attributes to increased low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This type of cholesterol, known as bad cholesterol, is the major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Saturated fats clog the heart’s arteries which results in a heart attack, strokes, and other diseases.
What should consumers use instead of coconut oil? There are other types of oils consumers can use with much less risk. Olive oil, canola oil, safflower, peanut, and sunflower oils are proven to be low in saturated fats.