Why is coconut good for you?
While protection against heart disease is one of the claimed benefits of coconut oil, the Heart Foundation strongly recommends avoiding it. “Coconut oil, milk and cream are all high in unhealthy saturated fat, which raises bad cholesterol levels, clogs the arteries and increases the risk of heart disease,” says Barbara Eden, the Heart Foundation’s senior manager of food supply.
“Our recommendations are based on good-quality scientific evidence and don’t recommend eating foods high in saturated fat. There are many healthier oils that don’t raise cholesterol levels or increase the risk of heart disease.” DAA spokeswoman Tania Ferraretto agrees and says the evidence of any health benefits from coconut oil is inconclusive.
How much coconut oil?
The Coconut Research Center’s Dr Bruce Fife recommends one to three tablespoons of coconut oil a day for health maintenance. It can be used for frying and baking or it can be added to foods such as popcorn instead of butter. READ MORE…