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Coconut Oil in the Headlines…


Coconut Oil in the Headlines…

Saturated fat is once again in the headlines: good or bad for you? It can all get a bit confusing. Here at Inspired Health we thought we’d try and make things a bit clearer, as it’s often misunderstood.

Most recently, coconut oil has been in front of the firing squad due to its reputation as a fat-based health food product. Saturated fat is a type of fat found mainly in meat and dairy products such as sausages, ham, burgers, hard cheers, milk, butter and plant products such as coconut oil and palm oil.

Saturated fats have been linked to increasing bad cholesterol, which clogs arteries and leads to cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association has released new advice which recommends that saturated fat levels be cut and replaced with vegetable oils, nuts and avocado (polyunsaturated fat), which appeared to cut risk of cardiovascular disease to a similar extent to taking statins.

The importance has been placed on replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats, as simply cutting the amount of fat (or replacing with carbohydrates or protein) does not appear to carry the same health benefit. There was no evidence to suggest that coconut butter is any better than other forms of saturated fats. The NHS recommends that an average man should eat no more than 30g of saturated fat a day and 20g for a woman.

Fats remain an important nutrient for the body. It is important to eat in balance, try trimming the fat from your meat or grilling your foot and swapping your butter/coconut oil for unsaturated fats like olive oil to keep your ticker healthy!

Matthew Glancy - Chiropractor