Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and health

Home/Healthy Home/Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and health

Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and health

Q. I have started noticing more coconut oil at the grocery store and have heard it is better for you than a lot of other oils. Is that true? A. I’ve also noticed that coconut oil seems to be catching on these days. Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat, which is a higher percentage than butter (about 64% saturated fat), beef fat (40%), or even lard (also 40%). Too much saturated fat in the diet is unhealthy because it raises “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease. So it would seem that coconut oil would be bad news for our hearts.

 

 

Pixabay

Coconut

Read more…

By |2020-06-10T22:22:11+00:00June 10th, 2020|

Leave A Comment

Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and health

Is oil good for you?

Q. I have started noticing more coconut oil at the grocery store and have heard it is better for you than a lot of other oils. Is that true?

A. I’ve also noticed that coconut oil seems to be catching on these days. Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat, which is a higher percentage than butter (about 64% saturated fat), beef fat (40%), or even lard (also 40%). Too much saturated fat in the diet is unhealthy because it raises “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease. So it would seem that coconut oil would be bad news for our hearts.

But what’s interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives “good” HDL cholesterol a boost. Fat in the diet, whether it’s saturated or unsaturated, tends to nudge HDL levels up, but coconut oil seems to be especially potent at doing so.

 

Image by meadowflowers from Pixabay

Read more…

 

By |2019-10-14T13:41:04+00:00October 14th, 2019|

Leave A Comment

Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and health

Is coconut oil good for you?

Read Dr Walter C. Willett, M.D. assessment of coconut oil here…

CC0 Creative Commons Pixabay

 

 

By |2018-12-30T14:44:26+00:00December 30th, 2018|

Leave A Comment

Go to Top