Is coconut oil bad for you?
The American Health Association is reporting that coconut oil is no better for you than butter or beef fat.
Thanks to self-proclaimed health gurus and a super-food craze gone wild, coconut oil has quickly become the latest health food trend. Turns out though that some nutritionists were never a fan of the oil.
In a New York Times survey last year, 70% of Americans considered coconut oil to be a healthy food meanwhile only 30% of nutritionists agreed.
Researchers at the AHA decided to settle things once and for all about the health benefits (or lack thereof) of consuming coconut oil.
What they found was that the amount of saturated fat in coconut oil makes it just as healthy as having butter or lard.
According to the AHA, coconut oil is made up of 82% saturated fats while dairy fats like butter contains 63% and beef 50%.
“We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels,” said lead author of the AHA advice, Dr. Frank Sacks in an interview with BBC News.
So if coconut oil is bad for you, what oils should you eat?
Researchers recommend oils that are low in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated fats like olive, avocado, sunflower or safflower instead.