Coconut Oil: Is it a panacea?

You have probably heard the American Heart Association (AHA) recent post on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease. Within the 25 page document coconut oil was found to raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and thereby increase the risk of heart disease. Therefore AHA concluded coconut oil should not be consumed. Once again the science of nutrition has confused us. So let's break it down. First of all, coconut oil was probably given more credit than it deserved. However, if consumed in small amounts it is OK. Remember our diet is not made up of a singular item or nutrient. Our overall health is a sum of many things: diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep quality. So bottom line: coconut oil in small amounts is fine. I personally prefer olive oil (cold pressed) or MCT oil as my go-to healthy fats. Ghee and coconut oil I would keep to about 1 tsp a day. 


Finally, listen to your body. You know what is right for YOU!

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