Coconut Oil Is Worse Than Butter And Lard
Coconut oil has been a trendy health food for a while now. A recent survey reported that 72% of Americans believe coconut oil is a healthy food compared to only 37% of nutritionists. Supporters of coconut oil consider it a “superfood” that can help with weight loss and better brain function.
However, a recent study conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) advises against the use of coconut oil. The research focused on Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease. The researchers looked at seven controlled experiments and found that coconut oil raised LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in all seven of the trials. The fatty acid composition of coconut oil is 82% saturated fat compared to 63% in butter, 39% in pork lard, 14% in olive oil, and only 7% in canola oil.
The authors of the report warned that “because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil.”
The results of this study further add to the growing evidence in favor of using healthier oils such as canola, olive, and sunflower. These oils contain low amounts of saturated fat (“unhealthy”) and high amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (“healthy”) fats both of which have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol.