Back in the 1980’s, a consumer watchdog group made a fateful decision. Based on a lack of science, the group lobbied for a ban on “tropical oils.” And they were remarkably successful… which was very, very bad for your health.
All saturated fats, they said were unhealthy. Tropical oils are loaded with saturated fats. So they had to go – and were replaced by “healthy” trans fats.
That’s right. A group trying to help you, tossed you from the frying pan into the fire. Except the frying pan wasn’t on the fire to begin with.
You see, tropical oils – particularly coconut oil – contain high amounts of a special kind of fat. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are saturated fats, but they’re unique. These saturated fats are good for you.
And science has just discovered another way MCTs can actually boost your health.
Special Fats Deliver Special Benefits
There are plenty of rumors about coconut’s health benefits. Some of them are true… and some aren’t.
For example, coconut water – in spite of the rumors – isn’t a good substitute for saline solution. And there’s no reliable record of doctors using it in place of saline solution during World War II. (It’s too high in potassium.)
On the other hand, coconut oil has some well-researched benefits.
For example, coconut oil has a strong anti-microbial effect. It also tends to lower triglyceride (blood fat) levels – even though it’s a saturated fat.
But coconut oil (and other tropical oils) are different from other saturated fats. Saturated animal fats are classed as long-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid.
And if the folks at that consumer watchdog group had known the difference, Americans may have been a whole lot healthier today.
The Anti-Fat Fat
Everyone knows saturated fats clog your arteries… they make you fat… and they drive your cholesterol levels through the roof.
Well, this certainly seems to be true for animal fats. But tropical oils – especially coconut oil – don’t fit the mold. In fact, they shatter it…
In 2015, doctors in Brazil reported on a coconut oil study. Their volunteers were over 60 on average, and most had heart problems, high blood pressure, and high levels of blood fats.
The volunteers who added coconut oil to their diets lost weight, became thinner, and showed lower levels of blood fats than volunteers who didn’t. They wound up thinner, lighter, and with healthier cholesterol levels… even though they had added saturated fats to their diet.
In a 2015 study, animals with coconut oil and exercise added to their diet showed greater blood pressure control and less oxidative stress than those that didn’t get coconut oil.
And in a remarkable 2015 study, doctors found coconut oil may help clear the Beta-amyloid plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The authors of this study found coconut oil may contain both hormones and enzymes that help block the damage that leads to Alzheimer’s.
And now we have a new reason to put coconut oil back into our diets.
The American Society for Microbiology reports coconut oil may be able to destroy some fungal infections usually treated with antibiotics… but without risking the antibiotic resistance that often results from using common antibiotics.
Considering the challenges we face with antibiotic-resistant bugs, this is big news. I’ve often said Nature provides solutions… if only we’re open to them.
In this case, you may be able to resolve multiple health issues… just by adding a fat into your diet that “the experts” condemned back in the 1980’s.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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