The TRUTH about that viral ‘coconut oil is poison’ video
Facebook is terrific for keeping up with far-flung relatives and seeing pictures of the grandkids.
But unfortunately, when it comes to other kinds of information, Facebook has a massive “fake news” problem.
And not just when it comes to politics.
Some of the “health advice” I see getting passed around on Facebook drives me up a wall. Bee-sting therapy… painful ab exercises… and the other day, I even saw a post about how you should never eat bananas.
That’s just bananas!
But the worst of the lot wasn’t about bananas.
It’s this viral video that claims natural coconut oil is -- and this is a direct quote here -- “pure poison.”
Unfortunately, you’ve probably seen it shared like crazy. But that doesn’t mean that its claims are true.
The arsenic in rice and apple juice? That’s pure poison.
The chlorine and fluoride dumped into your drinking water on purpose? Those are genuine poisons, too.
The warfarin given as a blood thinner to humans? It’s also used as LITERAL rat poison.
Yet this Harvard brainiac is attacking coconut oil!
The video claims that the humble coconut is one of the “worst foods” you could eat -- and that goes double for the oil.
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. This is the mainstream’s party line these days.
Even the American Heart Association fired off an absurd attack on coconut oil just last year.
Both the AHA and the Harvard professor’s main complaint about coconut comes down to its saturated fat content, which will supposedly raise your LDL cholesterol levels.
But that’s a gross oversimplification, to say the least.
A 2010 meta-analysis found NO significant evidence to support the conclusion that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
In reality, you actually NEED some level of LDL cholesterol to help synthesize vitamin D from sunlight and carry around fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K, and E, as well as CoQ10.
The big problem with LDL isn’t the level itself and whether it’s too “high.”
It’s when it oxidizes, which causes it to form the dangerous plaques in your arteries.
And coconut oil may actually help PREVENT that damaging process!
In addition, about half of the fat in coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, which can raise your levels of HDL (or “good”) cholesterol.
As well, it packs powerful antimicrobial activity that may help fight off infections.
Coconut oil may also control your appetite… speed your metabolism… and even help you LOSE fat!
Especially around your waist and in your belly (where that extra fat is especially dangerous).
The main thing to watch for is that most coconut oil sold in the United States is highly refined. Some is even made from rancid coconut leftovers.
If you want to use coconut oil, stick to extra-virgin organic oil, about a tablespoon per day.
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