A new study shows that coconut oil isn’t as healthy as many believed it was.
According to the AHA, 82 per cent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, which is more than in butter (63 per cent), beef fat (50 per cent) and pork lard (39 per cent).
Today.com reported that The Heart Association “said polyunsaturated fats appear to lower the risk of heart disease the most, followed by monounsaturated fats” and that the association and American College of Cardiology “advise anyone with questionable cholesterol readings to get saturated fat down to just 5 percent of total calories”.
That’s why coconut oil received a lot of attention in the report, which is an overall review of the role dietary fats take on in reducing heart disease. Past weight loss studies might be responsible.
In an advisory, the AHA said that people should limit the amount of saturated fat they consume, replacing some of it with unsaturated vegetable oils, such as olive oil and sunflower oil.
“The reason coconut oil is so popular for weight loss is partly due to my research on medium chain triglycerides”, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Cornell University Medical School, told TIME in April.
The debate on saturated fats has been going on for years.
Sacks seems to agree with Katz, suggesting Americans limit but not eliminate saturated fats from their diets. Also, some fat is important to help bodies absorb nutrients from other foods.
One benefit the study did point about coconut oil is that it is a holy grail for hair and skin care.
“You can put it on your body, but don’t put it in your body”, Sacks wrote.