American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

Advising against the use of coconut oil, the American Heart Association (AHA) has cautioned that it is as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.

The Dietary Fats & Cardiovascular Disease advisory of the AHA made a review of existing data on saturated fat, which revealed that use of coconut oil increase level of LDL or "bad" cholesterol in the blood.

The researchers found that use of coconut oil increased "bad" cholesterol in participants in 7 out of 7 controlled trials.

The Dietary Fats & Cardiovascular Disease advisory said, “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.”

Researchers did not find any significant difference between coconut oil and other oils that contain high levels of in saturated fat, such as butter and beef fat. In fact, 82 per cent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, far beyond butter (63 per cent), beef fat (50 per cent) and pork lard (39 per cent).

The AHA suggested it mightn’t be a bad idea to opt for olive oil or vegetable oils. However, coconut oil can still be used as an effective moisturizer or hair conditioner.

A report published by USA Today added, "Before you trash your coconut oil, know that saturated fat is a loaded term. While the AHA warns against it, people who cut saturated fat out of their diet might not necessarily lower their heart disease risk, a 2015 BMJ review suggested. That's because some people fill the void with sugar, white flour and empty calories. Also, some fat is important to help bodies absorb nutrients from other foods. Many have said butter has gotten a bad reputation. "

The research paper further informed...

The American Heart Association presidential advisory on dietary fats and CVD reviews and discusses the scientific evidence, including the most recent studies, on the effects of dietary saturated fat intake and its replacement by other types of fats and carbohydrates on CVD. In summary, randomized controlled trials that lowered intake of dietary saturated fat and replaced it with polyunsaturated vegetable oil reduced CVD by ≈30%, similar to the reduction achieved by statin treatment.

Studies consistently show that replacing any form of saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The conclusions do not make coconut oil out to be an evil ingredient, but it serves as a reminder to be mindful about how often you use it and how much per serving as opposed to the fad of using it freely in cooking or supplementing liberally by the tablespoon.