Botanically, the coconut is a 'drupe' and also can be classified as a nut, a fruit and a seed. I am a fan of the coconut.
I read with great interest the article that cautioned the public about coconut oil and gave warnings about its use. “Coconut Oil Isn’t Healthy. It’s Never Been Healthy.”
It seemed counterintuitive to me, as coconut is naturally occuring and is used internally as well as externally in Ayurveda. It is lauded for its cooling qualities.
The following article by Dr. Mark Hyman gives another perspective on coconut, and Dr. Hyman does not hesitate to criticize the USA Today editors for their use of loose 'facts' in their article.
Coconut Oil – Are You Coco-Nuts to Eat It?Did you know that 50 percent of media headlines about medical studies are dead wrong? And that many of these headlines don’t accurately match the conclusions of the studies they cover? That’s from a reviewpublished in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It makes me sad and furious at the same time that journalists don’t do their homework and create firestorms of confusion because of their negligent work.
That is exactly what happened when USA Today published their article, “Coconut Oil Isn’t Healthy. It’s Never Been Healthy.”
Shame on you USA Today editors for doing such a sloppy job of journalism.
Why the American Heart Association Has Been and Still Is Wrong
First, there is not a single study showing that coconut oil causes heart disease. Not one. Second, the whole case against coconut oil is founded on a hypothesis that has been proven wrong. It’s the diet-heart hypothesis. Saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol causes heart disease. Anything that raises LDL cholesterol is bad. Only problem is that the data does not support this hypothesis.
"...just like it took 150 years after Copernicus recognized that the earth revolves around the sun before it was finally accepted, it will take a while for the world to catch up with the false idea that low-fat and low-cholesterol diets won’t save us from heart disease. In fact, low-fat diets cause heart disease...
Is Coconut Oil Healthy?
We have had a coconut craze. What’s the deal? Broccoli is healthy but if that’s all you ate you would get sick. Coconut oil is healthy but only as part of an overall healthy diet not as the main course. Coconut oil has been consumed by populations in the South Pacific for thousands of years without ill effect. It has so many health benefits. But here’s the short list of benefits.
It raises HDL, the good cholesterol. It improves the quality and size and type of cholesterol. It lowers the total cholesterol to HDL ratio – a far better predictor of heart disease than LDL. And cultures with 60 percent of their diet as coconut oil have no heart disease. It also contains a unique type of saturated fat called MCT oil that boosts metabolism, reverses insulin resistance, and improves cognitive function. Coconut oil is also anti-fungal and anti-microbial and it contains lauric acid that is great for immune function. The only other good source of lauric acid is breast milk, which contains 24 percent saturated fat – far higher than the 6 percent the AHA recommends.
To read the entire article drhyman.com/blog/2017/06/26/coconut-oil/?
Coconuts are still a 'yes' for me!