Coconut Oil and Cholesterol | The Truth About Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil has been accused of increasing cholesterol, particularly the bad cholesterol, the LDL.
Dr. Mary Enig, expert on lipid biochemistry and nutrition, said,
“…when researchers fed animals hydrogenated coconut oil that was purposely altered to make it completely devoid of any essential fatty acids… The animals fed the hydrogenated coconut oil (as the only fat source) naturally became essential fatty acid deficient; their serum cholesterol increased.”
The hydrogenated coconut oil used in animal studies led scientists to conclude that:
Coconut oil increases serum cholesterol (the cholesterol in the blood.
Same results have been demonstrated by feeding other hydrogenated oils such as cottonseed, soybean or corn oils.
When animals are fed unprocessed (unrefined) coconut oil, a completely different picture ensued.
In 1980, Hostmark & coworkers compared cholesterol profile of rats by feeding them 10% unprocessed coconut oil and 10% sunflower oil.
Rats fed with coconut oil had significantly lower VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) and higher HDL than those fed with sunflower oil.
In 1981, Awad compared cholesterol profile of rats by feeding them 14% unprocessed coconut oil and 14% safflower oil.
Rats fed with safflower oil had SIX times more total cholesterol accumulation than those fed with natural coconut oil.
Conclusion: Increase in serum cholesterol is due to:
Deficiency in essential fatty acid (due to hydrogenated oil), or
Trans fatty acid (from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil).
Junk science has misled people (scientists, health professionals & ordinary people) for decades and generations.
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