Health Risks And Dangers Of Eating Coconut Oil

Many people claim that coconut oil is healthy for you or even a so called ‘super food’. However, did  you know that it has health risks associated with it?

This week’s video talks about it in detail:

There is a very strong case against consuming oils of any kind, including coconut oil.

Coconut oil is an unhealthy junk food

When you extract and so fragment nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, carbohydrates and fiber then you simply create a junk food, just like refined sugar.

Yes, some people will try and convince you that coconut oil is good for you.

But if you grasp the understanding that any fragmented/processed food cannot be good for your health, then the eating of whole foods in their place is really a no brainer.

A study published in 2011 (1) actually found that the consumption of coconut oil did in fact significantly raise LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels.

The fatty acids known as palmitic, myristic and lauric are found in both coconut meat and coconut oil and are known to also increase LDL cholesterol levels.

This is the opposite of what you want if you desire healthy arteries and a healthy heart.

Another older study looked at the effects of a high fat meal with the fat used being coconut oil.

They found that it dramatically decreased endothelial function and impaired the antioxidant capacity of HDL cholesterol for at least 6 hours after consumption. (2)

This means that the person consuming such a meal, if done on a regular basis, would be increasing their risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.

Coconut oil vs coconut flesh

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, which weighs about 13g, contains approximately 113 calories and is 100% fat.

You get 46 calories from 13g of coconut flesh so less than half of what you get from the oil.

You also get all the other nutrients in the coconut flesh, like the minerals, fiber and protein, which are nonexistent in the coconut oil.

So the key here is to get all your dietary fats from whole foods and never processed foods, with oils included in this group.

The majority of your calories need to come from healthy whole food carbohydrates that are as much raw as possible.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Please post your comments below!

Bibliography:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22030224
  2. http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1137827

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10 thoughts on “Health Risks And Dangers Of Eating Coconut Oil

  •   Lynda  |   

    Well I always thought coconut oil was a healthier choice than some and was easy to digest and fine to consume, not in large quantities of course, now I will rethink that, seems I am always rethinking my nutrition, but if you eat raw unadulterated foods there would be no worries, literally.

  •   Gaura Priya  |   

    Then are you saying all oils are bad for you? I have been adding coconut oil after I cook my veggies. How to get that if all oils are bad for you?

  •   T Kaplan  |   

    Thankyou for your video on coconut oil. Very interesting. God created us to eat the whole unprocessed foods that He created for us from the land. If we go back to our roots and how God created us and the food he created for us, we are on the right track. God bless you.

  •   Lee sybrant  |   

    Thank u SO much Paul. Great video. I do use coconut oil on my face and body and hair. 😊

  •   Pam  |   

    It is difficult to know who to believe. There are more bloggers saying its a healthy option?
    Was there a proper research done to come ,to these conclusions?

  •   Martin Tornberg  |   

    What about lemon juice then? Or apple cider vinegar? Or putting a little olive oil on a salad? Or red wine? Or green tea? Or coffee? Or vegetable juice? Of course there is the so-called “natural hygiene” approach to health which says that anything that is not a real, whole food – anything that is in the least bit processed – is bad. But what is the actual evidence of that? How healthy and long-lived are those people? How many 90-year olds and 100-year olds eat like that? I think we have to use our brains and look at the evidence, look at which things have been shown to have health benefits and which things haven’t, and look at how actual, real, healthy, long-lived people eat.

  •   Martin Tornberg  |   

    Can you provide some evidence that eating the way you suggest – avoiding anything that is not a whole food, including avoiding all oils, even olive oil, and avoiding all juices, vinegars, wine, coffee or other beverages – actually results in optimal health and truly vibrant, strong, long-lived individuals? It is a nice concept and I am not trying to refute it in any way, I just think it would be great if there were more evidence that it is actually true. Are there examples of people who are at least 85-90 years old who eat (and have eaten) the way you suggest?

    •   Esther Richard  |   

      I taught coconut oil is good to used has cream.

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