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Coconut Oil- Goods news from the Tropics

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Even though coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years, it has gotten a bum rap in the last 20 years or so. In fact, highly saturated coconut oil was listed as an ingredient in many cookbooks at the end of the 19th century.

But then came the campaign against saturated fat, and the promotion of polyunsaturated fats, such as flaxseed, canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils, commonly known as the Vegetable Oil Lobby. This new industry saw greater profits in vegetable oils but first had to demonize the competition.

Saturated fats have been supposedly linked to high cholesterol and heart disease, multiple sclerosis and other ailments. If this is true, then why is it that people who live in tropical climates and eat a diet high in coconut oil are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters?

Many researchers have reported that coconut oil actually lowers cholesterol, is anti-aging and helps people lose weight because of its ability to stimulate the thyroid.

Since the 1960s, researchers have known about the antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides found in coconut oil. Research has shown that the tropical oil inactivates microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, fungi and viruses.

In 1987, Lim-Sylianco published a 50-year literature review showing coconut oil’s anti-cancer properties. In colon and breast cancer, coconut oil was found to be far more protective than unsaturated oils. For example: 32% of corn oil eaters got colon cancer but only 3% of coconut oil eaters did.

Coconut oil is stable. While unsaturated oils become rancid very quickly, even after one year at room temperature, coconut oil shows no evidence of rancidity.

When buying coconut oil, choose brands that are organic extra-virgin expeller pressed.

Other healthful saturated fats come from grass-fed raw dairy products, grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and farm fresh eggs.