Coconut Oil has More Saturated Fat than Other Cooking Oils
Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 7:00 am
The American Heart Association released a presidential advisory about dietary fats and cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association is sharing this information in an effort to help people prevent themselves from developing cardiovascular disease. Some people are angry about this news, because it reveals that coconut oil is not as healthy as they believed it to be.
WebMD points out that coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the coconut. “About 84% of its calories come from saturated fat. To compare, 14% of olive oil’s calories are from saturated fat, and 63% of butter’s are.”
Harvard Medical School notes that saturated fats are solid at room temperature. “Common sources of saturated fat include red meat, whole milk, and other whole-milk dairy foods, cheese, coconut oil, and many commercially prepared baked goods and other foods.” Harvard Medical School says that a diet rich in saturated fats can drive up cholesterol.
The American Heart Association (AMA) reviewed and discussed the scientific evidence, including the most recent studies, on the effects of dietary saturated fat intake and its replacement by other types of fats and carbohydrates on cardiovascular disease. Randomized controlled trials that lowered intake of dietary saturated fat – and replaced it with polyunsaturated vegetable oil, reduced cardiovascular disease by approximately 30%. The AMA says that result is similar to the reduction achieved by a statin treatment.
In addition, the randomized controlled trials showed that replacing saturated fat with refined carbohydrates and sugars did not reduce cardiovascular disease. In short, the AMA is saying that you should avoid using saturated fats and choose polyunsaturated fats, or monounsaturated fats, instead. Put down the coconut oil and replace it with soybean oil, safflower oil, corn oil, or flax oil.
Snopes.com reports that some people, who are personally or financially invested in coconut oil, are taking the AMA’s presidential advisory personally. In the article, Snopes.com points out a specific website that is loudly complaining about the AMA’s advice. That website sells coconut oil and receives a commission on the coconut-oil based diet books that appear on the page.
If your family has a history of cardiovascular disease, you might want to consider what the AMA’s presidential advisory is telling you. The AMA recommends that people reduce saturated fat to no more than 5% to 6% of their total daily calories.