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Is there a place for coconut oil in a healthy diet?
- By: Vasanti Malik, ScD,
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My suspicion is coconut oil is great in places where nutritional poverty causes people to die early (like India) because it provides calories. I suspect the reason it is bad in place like the US, Europe, wealthier places in SE Asia and Australia is that it is not calories that limit lifespan’s in such places. It is all the regular known “badies” for very long lifespans – i.e like the saturated fats in coconut oil. Horses for course. It may well stop you starving in parts of India, but it will probably kill you off early in places where less people starve to death..
An earlier article on the illusory benefits of coconut oil had respondents saying it was clearly wrong because the life expectancy in Goa and Kerala, where a lot of coconut oil was consumed , at between 70 and 74, was higher than for may other parts of India, and therefore Americans should consume it by the backload.
Such commentators failed to mention that US life expectancy at the time was significantly HIGHER than in Kerala or Goa, and that in the coconut oil avoiders of Scandinavia, Singapore and Australia, for example, it was a full 10 to fifteen years longer still!
Coconut oil fadists are condemned by their own figures. They indicate that it is a great product to consume in quantity if you want to die early!
When I made the switch to following a paleo diet using only avocado and coconut oils, my good cholesterol went up 25 pts and my bad w,ent down. My dr asked what I did and I told him. I use coconut oil daily in my coffee and for baking and cooking.
I would imagine the overall change in your diet had more of an impact on your cholesterol levels than which oils you used. Increasing fiber, decreasing refined sugars and losing weight all positively impact cholesterol levels.
So, you “only” eat avocado and coconut oil? Yet you talk using coffee, baking and other cooking! All with just avocados??? Really?
I’m currently on my tight diet right now, and loose quite of weight because of careful planning of the diet. Finding lots of information online is indeed helpful in my diet program. Seriously, you can find lots of information everywhere on the web. I can get insight and information regarding my diet plan and overall health.
Thanks for providing info on coconut oil that I feel comfortable with. Jean
Now its confusing ……….. in India coconut oil used for lots of health benefits but some sees it as a poisonous food. Me also a user but now dont know what to do ?
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