Coconut Oil Research:
While some people falsely accuse coconut oil of being a “fad,” the fact is
that it is traditional oil that has been consumed for thousands of years in
tropical cultures, and the research on the health benefits of coconut oil
has existed for a very long time. Lauric acid, for example, has a long
history of use in combating pathogens, and this research has been around
for more than 50 years. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric
acid. So while we do publish a lot of people’s experiences with coconut
oil, the evidence is not strictly anecdotal. We have a very extensive
section on this website dedicated to peer-reviewed studies on the health
benefits of coconut oil that are accessed primarily through PubMed. This
section is updated frequently as new research is published.
Coconut oil was once prevalent in western countries like the United States.
With a long shelf life and a melting point of 76 degrees, coconut oil was a
favorite in the baking industry. But a negative campaign against saturated
fats in general, and coconut oil, in particular, led to most food
manufacturers abandoning coconut oil in recent years in favor of
hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils that come from the main cash crops in the
US, particularly soy. These hydrogenated oils contain trans fatty acids.
The polyunsaturated oils were not a big part of the diet of previous
generations, so how has the health of Americans changed now that
polyunsaturated oils are for the most part all one finds on supermarket
shelves across the US? We encourage you to take an honest look at the
research presented on this website, and consider the “other side” of the
story, whether it be coconut oil, saturated fats, cholesterol, or the new
Benefits of Coconut Oil
This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not
contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening
the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of
coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but
when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were
The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting. Farmers
in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten
their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their
cattle lost weight! So again, this is not news. Do a simple Internet search
such as “benefits of coconut oil” and you will get plenty of details.*
Bone and Dental Health
Coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in
turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health. The improved calcium
absorption created by coconut oil use ceases tooth decay and aids in the
development of strong teeth. The combined increased calcium and magnesium
absorption are of great benefit to middle-aged women who may become
afflicted with osteoporosis.*
Coconut Oil: A Good Saturated Fat?
You may ask, isn't coconut oil a saturated fat? And aren't saturated fats
harmful? Yes, coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats. But whether or
not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask. Among mainstream
nutritionists, the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is an
“absolute truth” that is never questioned. Those who question this belief,
however, point out that mankind has been consuming mainly saturated fats –
in the form of butter, lard, coconut oil, etc – for thousands of years, yet
heart disease was rare before the 1920s. If anything, the rise of heart
disease in recent decades may correspond to the increasing use of
polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn, safflower, and canola, as well as
Dr. Oz’s Conclusion
Coconut oil has done wonders for the way I feel and has also helped lower
my blood sugar. I won’t speak for everyone, and I suggest you consult your
doctor before you try any of these oils.
What makes coconut oil different?
Oils and fats are composed of molecules known as fatty acids. They are
classified either according to saturation or based on molecular length and
size of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Monounsaturated fats and
polyunsaturated fats are an example of the first class.
The second classification is based on molecular size or length of the fatty
acid's carbon chain. Long chains of carbon atoms consist of each fatty acid
with an attached hydrogen atom. There are short chain fatty acids known as
SCFA, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) such as coconut oil and long chain
fatty acids (LCFA). Whether unsaturated or saturated, the majority of fats
and oils in our diet are composed of long chain fatty acids. In fact, a
majority of the fatty acids commonly consumed are LCFA.
Coconut oil is predominantly medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) and the effects
of the MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from the LCFA found in
other foods. In fact, the saturated and unsaturated fat in milk, eggs, meat
and even in plants and most vegetable oils are made of LCFA. Why is this
relevant? It is important because our bodies respond and metabolize each
fatty acid differently. It is the MCFA found in coconut oil that makes it
special because these fatty acids do not have a negative effect on
cholesterol. In fact, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease and
atherosclerosis. There are only a few dietary sources of MCFA, and one of
the best sources by far is coconut oil.
The liver and gall bladder do not need to digest and emulsify MCFA,
resulting in instant energy, increased metabolic rate and subsequently more
heat production as well as increased circulation. Anyone with impaired fat
digestion or removed gallbladder will benefit from coconut oil as this oil
is easily digested.
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acid-free and high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT).*
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