Why are saturated fatty acids from coconut oil healthy and saturated fatty acids from animals bad?
Let's start by dismissing the terms "good" and "bad," as both coconut oil and saturated fat from animals in certain situations present both negative and positive health consequences.
While saturated fat from animals is often demonized as impending heart disease, there is in fact no experimental evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease. All our fears are based on assumptions derived from random observations.
We have only found that saturated fat raises cholesterol, has seen cholesterol associated with heart disease, saturated fat assumed leads to heart disease, and then the grandfather enjoyed not eating the bacon he prayed for an early death.
But that's too easy a "truth". Other studies have shown that ingesting saturated fat from animals reduces lipoprotein (A), a substance involved in heart disease. Saturated fat also improves the health of the liver, brain and lungs and contributes to stronger bones.
Coconut oil is just as puzzling. There are at least five studies showing that they have identical or better health effects than other low saturated fatty acids like sunflower oil, peanut oil or even olive oil.
However, there are also several studies showing that coconut oil has an effect on blood lipids, including LDL cholesterol, at least in comparison to lower saturated fat oils.
My best advice is to moderate the intake of saturated fat, while coconut oil is included in your "starter rotation" of edible oils for one day, and then on the following days for olives and oilseed rape, before using coconut oil again.
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