Is coconut oil REALLY bad for you?
What’s up and welcome back I’m Ashe from innerstrengthgym.com and this channel is all about helping you find YOUR inner power! In today’s Off The Mats video, I’ve got some important information you may want to consider regarding the American Heart Association’s recent declaration the “coconut oil isn’t healthy”, and if you like today’s video, don’t forget to subscribe!
Late last week the private forum for Precision Nutrition Coaches and Students blew up when on July 16th, 2017 USA Today published an article titled “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.” in which they reported that The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials.
So basically this council looked at a handful of other people’s studies on the effects on cholesterol by reducing saturated fat in the diet and published their report, and then somehow coconut oil was singled out specifically as being particularly bad for you for the USA Today article.
Lead author on the report Frank Sacks was quoted as saying “he has no idea why people think coconut oil is healthy. It’s almost 100% fat”.
While it’s true that some studies have shown that coconut oil can increase your LDL (the bad cholesterol”, it also raises your HDL, the “good cholesterol” and it’s the ratio of LDL to HDL that matters most.
Additionally, coconut oil is a food. It’s a whole package of nutrients, not just saturated fats.
But what I really wanted to point out to you is this:
Earlier this year, Bayer put out a press release stating that “For each bag of LibertyLink® soybean seed sold for the 2017 season, Bayer will contribute 5 cents to the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement for a total maximum donation of $500,000.”
I’m going to stop short of making any outright allegations but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
Bayer promises a half million dollars to the AHA based on the sales of their patented soybean and a few months later they get a piece published in a national newspaper demonizing saturated fat, and coconut oil in particular.
With that in mind, let me know down in the comments section below, what do you think? If you want to read both the USA today article and the press release from Bayer, you can find links to both in the video description below, and click the “i” for links to more Off The Mats videos where I talk about nutrition, recovery and product reviews you might want to check out.
As always thanks for watching and I’ll catch you next time!