There has been a lot of controversy on coconut oil just recently. After it’s been recommended as an oil with lots of health benefits, it’s now hit the press again in several countries with claims that it’s worse than butter. Several people asked me questions and even gave me print outs of the bad coconut oil press because they know that I use and recommend it. I saw that the articles referred to statements from the American Heart Association and I understand the confusion. I covered the subject in a Facebook live in which I give insight to both sides of the story. Check it out and decide for yourself. Below the video, I’ve included several links to the sources I refer to in the video. Please share this information and help clear up the confusion.
Here are some links with further information and references to studies:
Dr Josh Axe, certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist
20 Coconut Oil Benefits
Dr Mark Hyman, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine
Coconut Oil – Are you Coco-Nuts to eat it?
Includes information on funding of the AHA.
Dr Joseph Mercola, Osteopathic Physician
Saturated Fat: The Forbidden Food You Should Never Stop Eating
Dr David Perlmutter, Neurologist
Saturated Fat – The Healthy Choice (Dr Perlmutter specifically mentions coconut oil as a healthy choice at the end of the video)
Chris Kresser, globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine
The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy
New study puts final nail in the “saturated fat causes heart disease” coffin
If you are really interested in more nitty gritty information I recommend listening to a podcast interview with Dr Cate Shanahan: Dr. Cate Shanahan is a board certified Family Physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Healthy fats & cholesterol with Dr Cate Shanahan
And a nice summary on the subject of saturate fat from Katie, the Wellness Mama (including links to the
Why Saturated Fat Is Not the Enemy (& Why We Need It)