To consume or not consume coconut oil?

By TNT Bureau

Feb 19, 2016: Over the past few years, the image of coconut oil has been constantly changing. The rather big and debatable question as to consume or not to consume coconut oil has become the hot topic for discussion among majority of the health and nutrition experts.

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The ongoing debate

Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein a renowned professor of nutrition science and policy from Tuffs University said that even though coconut oil has become an essential part of many natural food stores across the globe, there is virtually no valid information to support the propaganda. She is also the vice chair person of the federal government’s dietary guidelines advisory committee.

Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fatty acids and such fats have been connected to heart disease and increased levels of cholesterol. Although critics have of late hoisted questions regarding the scientific proof for the connection, longstanding nutritional guidelines advocate Americans to decrease saturated fat intake to less than 10% of every day calories and around 20 grams for a 2,000 calories on a daily basis.

There is hardly any research on the wellbeing effects among people who use coconut oil but there seems to be no independent advantage of consuming coconut oil.

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To top it all, there are diverse types of coconut oil such as virgin coconut oil. Now, this is gently processed and thus might not have the same damaging effects as compared to highly processed oils, although the fatty acid composition is alike, said professor of human nutrition at Cornell University Dr Tom Brenna.

RBD coconut oil which refers to refined, bleached and deodorized coconut oil are often treated with solvents and subjected to concentrated warm up, increases cholesterol so dependably that researchers have used it as a control as they run experiments on diverse types of fats.

The callous processing may obliterate some of the high-quality vital fatty acids and antioxidants like lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid  that helps to increases good H.D.L. cholesterol.

Brenna said that if we are to consume oil, we need to be extra careful in using only virgin oil. Plus, we need to keep in mind that such consumption should be done in limit.

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