Coconut Oil Myth – Debunked

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I’m sure many of you are getting tired of hearing or reading about how everything we ingest & inhale is bad for us.

Coconut tree

Sure, we know that moderation is good and that there is a limit to things we need to do while being health-conscious.

But why does it seem like there is an enormous amount of pseudo-intellectuals and wanna-be health gurus, flooding the screens of media?

Aside from money, the motive may simply be, well…okay, it’s money.

In this particular case, it could be some health-related writer trying to earn a days pay by typing senseless babble, an advertiser promoting a rival product or supposed healthier food, and so forth.

With double-edge marketing strategies that are often geared to build up and tear down products, while providing information, remedies, quick-fixes, etc., it’s often a confused mess amid the consumers.

I’m not going to waste time on the multiple marketing facets of fluster; I’ll keep it pertinent to the subject at hand.

Coconut Oil Myth

Under scrutiny due to its high saturated fat content, many health experts want to wield their college degree around in the air while saying the “Coconut Oil in Theater Popcorn is worse than eating 4 fast-food burgers and 2 large fries,” etc. I’ve heard random claims with variable comparisons, but these collegiate scholars (or whoever) are merely looking at the surface, and nothing more. Many so-called experts have deemed this as an unhealthy oil.

Sure, it is very high in saturated fat; anybody that can read a label knows that.

That’s their case; this is all they got: too much saturated fat can cause artery plaque, heart attacks, et cetera.

This is where the myth gets debunked

Something to remember: Not All Saturated Fat is Created Equal

First of all, lets clarify a possible misconception: I’m talking about non-hydrogenated coconut oil – in its natural form.

The molecular structure in this natural oil is different, consisting mostly of medium chain fatty acids. MCFAs react differently in your body, doesn’t linger in the bloodstream like long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and is readily converted into energy within the body. Most people primarily consume LCFAs in their diet, as most fats are, which is another reason coconut oil is a healthy alternative – of course, within reasonable amounts. The main difference in MCFAs is the way this fat starts its travel inside the body; much like short chain fatty acids that are found in cow milk, medium chain fatty acids quickly enter into the portal vein to be processed by your liver. The circulatory journey of LCFAs within the body is much longer and takes a totally different route.

For example, there has been studies on the Polynesian people who consume large quantities of saturated fat from coconut oil, and it showed that they had a very low incidence of heart disease.

Another advantageous aspect of this particular saturated fat, is its stability at high temperatures, which retards the oxidizing process and makes it ideal for high-heat situations. Less stable oils can break down at high temperatures and form harmful free radicals, oxidize quicker, etc. This oil is also an excellent source of Lauric Acid, which several studies have made claims about this fatty acid for its immunity-boosting effects.

What does all this mean?

It means Theater Popcorn is not the culprit, when it comes to the ingestion of unhealthy fats.

If you’re cutting calories, then simply do that…but don’t fall for all the put-ons and deception.

If you don’t or rarely go to theaters and want some tasty theater-style popcorn, go ahead and grab a chunk of coconut oil, kernels, desired amount of salt & seasoning, and get to popping……preferably, guilt free.

This oil is obviously not limited to popcorn and is an excellent, durable, multi-purpose lipid.

In addition: Health-conscious people need to research more and believe less, especially if there is a sales pitch involved.

Search for proof; don’t solely take one resource for granted and do your homework.

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