I don’t think there is a food quite as debated about as coconut oil. A quick google search brings up a multitude of articles with differing opinions, some authors claiming coconut oil is a miracle cure-all, some claiming it is the devil incarnate.
The arguments about coconut oil bring along with it the debate of recent years, about the links between heart disease, saturated fat and cholesterol.
It’s incredibly difficult to unravel this mystery because there is a limited amount of research on coconut oil (especially in comparison to olive oil), and a lot of the claims made on the benefits of coconut oil are somewhat hypothetical, based around knowledge of its constituents such as the type of saturated fat, lauric acid. The claims made for coconut oil’s health benefits can at times be outlandish, one article I found listed a whole 200 benefits.
But if you look, there is research.
Compare the amount of research available on olive oil to that of coconut oil and you can understand why mainstream dietary recommendations are still not sold on this tropical oil, however in the last few years there has been some promising studies emerging that demonstrate some of its potential benefits, such as increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol and reducing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
In this article I wrote for Casa de Karma, I went into detail on what the research says about the good and the bad of coconut oil.
So if you want to know about any of these points, then follow the link below and have a read of the full article.
What are the traditional uses of coconut oil and how does this relate to us now?
The different components of coconut oil, in particular the medium chain fatty acids.
Can coconut oil help you lose weight
Can coconut oil kill bacteria and fungal infections? (the anti-microbial effects of coconut oil)
Does coconut improve hair?
Coconut oil for wound healing.
Does coconut oil help your teeth and gums?
Does coconut oil prevent alzheimer’s disease?
Is coconut oil good for thyroid health?
Does coconut oil affect your cholesterol?
Is coconut oil bad for you?
Is coconut oil bad for the environment?
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://casadekarma.com.au/everything-you-need-to-know-about-coconut-oil-a-naturopath-explains/