Coconut oil has been a controversial supplement for many years. Because it is high in saturated fat, it has been considered an unhealthy oil. On the other hand, Coconut Oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are very healthy fats. So do the health benefits of coconut oil outweigh the risks? This is the question we will address in these articles.
Old view of coconut oil
For years, consumers have been urged to switch to olive oil, and oil very low in saturated fat. While it is true that coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it is not true that all saturated fats are the same. Animal fats contain long-chain saturated fatty acids. Long-chain fatty acids are difficult for the body to digest and absorb, and most people would agree that a lot of animal fats are unhealthy.
Extra virgin organic coconut oil
You can buy organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil today and this is the best way to get the health benefits of the nutrients in coconut. It is very important that consumers only use cold-pressed, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil because it has not been exposed to extreme temperatures or chemicals. High temperatures and chemicals can destroy the MCFAs and lauric acid in coconut oil, thus greatly reducing the potential health benefits.
A few words about healthy eating
There are many different theories about the healthiest type of diet. There are thousands of books that have been written about healthy eating and diet. It's beyond the scope of this article to come up with a specific eating plan that consumers should follow, but we can offer this advice: There is no right answer to what you should eat.
We strongly believe that consumers who do thorough research and read the latest medical findings are in the best position to make informed health decisions. When our mother said "you are what you eat" she was absolutely right. Much of our health is determined by what we eat, so it is very important to know the potential health benefits, side effects, and health risks of everything we eat.