There has been a lot of claims about the benefits of coconut oil both internally and externally. And since it is “all herbal” and mostly used with no chemicals added, people tend to think that all these claims are true. However, a recent study shows that coconut oil isn’t healthy at all. Below are more details.
Coconut oil isn’t healthy: Unproven Claims
There are several claimed benefits of coconut oil. Though I am not saying outright that they are untrue, no scientific studies have been conducted to back up these therapeutic claims. Some of them are as follows:
Improves the immune system
Speeds up healing
Helps in AIDS or Cancer treatment
Coconut oil isn’t healthy: Proven Fact
It was recently proven by Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory that coconut oil has a high concentration of saturated fat (82%). Even more than meat fat (39%-50%) and butter (63%). Saturated fat is known to increase LDL (low-density lipoprotein) which is basically bad cholesterol and can lead to cardiovascular disease. This fact was proven by 7 individual trials/ testing on how coconut oil intake increases the level of LDL.
“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” the American Heart Association said in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory.
Writer’s Conclusion and Recommendation
Since coconut oil’s negative effect are proven to be internal and obtained via consumption, it is recommended to replace coconut oil with other oils such as olive oil or canola oil for cooking or consumption.
Coconut oil can still be used externally like skin moisturization and hair hot oil treatment.