Maybe you've seen that in the news about coconut oil. Dr. Karin Michels, Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Germany, has called the coconut oil "one of the worst things you can eat".
Her YouTube video has been watched nearly a million times and her speech is titled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors". She claims that coconut oil is just as harmful to health and well-being as "pure poison."
Why she made these allegations is obvious and probably based on what the medical establishment and, unfortunately, most people still believe are the harmful effects of saturated fats and LDL on our health.
Let's discuss this further. Eighty percent coconut oil is made up of saturated fatty acids. This is more saturated fat than butter, beef or lard.
Coconut oil consumption has increased LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein), also known as "bad" cholesterol, in seven of seven controlled trials. Since it is automatically assumed that higher LDL levels increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) has advised against consuming coconut oil. Other organizations, such as the British Nutrition Foundation, have also stated that while coconut oil can be safely consumed, it should be taken in small quantities and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Is Dr. Michel correct?
It is not! What Dr. Michel may not understand, the following information is.
We need to acknowledge this information to Ty Bollinger and the Truth About Cancer team for the following information:
"Is High Cholesterol" the cause of the heart disease?
Ask any American what causes heart disease, and 99% of the time, the answer is "high cholesterol." You see, the fact is that cholesterol has been denigrated and is now considered a "frightening" substance must be lowered at any cost, but if you speak with gerontologists who Specializing in older medicines, you will quickly find that almost all of the older patients have "high" cholesterol levels (according to the supposedly "normal" standards), but these patients are still alive and many are in very good health very active for their age. And just to be clear, cholesterol itself, whether through low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or high-density tra Lipoproteins (HDL) are exactly the same. Cholesterol is simply a necessary ingredient that needs to be delivered regularly around the body to efficiently develop, maintain and function our cells. The difference lies in the "transporters" (HDL and LDL). The fact is that both HDL and LDL are essential for the delivery logistics of the human body to function effectively.
"But have not high LDL levels been associated with increased risk of heart disease?"
"Should not we try to lower our LDL levels?"
Lower LDL cholesterol is not associated with a reduced risk of heart disease or death
The Minnesota coronary experiment – performed between 1968-1973 – was one Double-blind, randomized, controlled human clinical trial designed to test whether the replacement of saturated fat with vegetable oils reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and death by lowering blood cholesterol.
A recent analysis of unpublished data in this study showed that saturated fat with vegetable oils did not reduce the risk of dying – even though both LDL and total cholesterol levels declined. 3.4
In fact, instead of LDL levels, ah A high ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (high density lipoprotein) seems to be the best predictor of cardiovascular risk and insulin resistance.
And in people over the age of 60, a recent systematic review has clearly shown that LDL cholesterol is not linked to a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease; instead, it shows an inverse or opposite correlation with death from all causes! 5
There is no link between saturated fat consumption and heart disease risk
Here is another shocking fact – a systematic review and meta – An analysis of up to 12 studies published in 2015 showed no Relationship between consumption of saturated fatty acids and increased risk of heart disease, death from any cause including heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes in healthy adults. 6
Systematic reviews use systematic methods to collect and critically evaluate scientific evidence. They should provide a complete, exhaustive summary of current evidence relevant to a research question.
A meta-analysis is used to combine results from multiple studies to increase or "increase" the statistical probability of the results to improve the estimates of the magnitude of the effect and sometimes resolve uncertainties when individual studies do not match ,
The sugar compound for heart disease
More than 600,000 people die of heart disease each year in the United States, accounting for 25% of total deaths. Apart from "iatrogenic" causes (ie caused by a doctor or medical treatment), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.
In 1770, when sugar was only for the rich, the average American ate only 4 pounds of sugar a year. By 2018, the average American will consume more than 160 pounds of sugar every year! Sugar has been linked to cancer, diabetes and obesity. But is there a link between sugar and heart disease?
A high-sugar diet increases the risk of dying from heart disease (even if you are not overweight) to a larger study published in JAMA Internal Medicine . 7
Over the 15-year study on sugar contribution to heart disease, participants who took 25% or more of their daily calories like sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease than those whose diets contained less than 10% added sugar.
Too much added sugar can increase blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation, both of which are pathological pathways to heart disease. A high-sugar diet can also stimulate the liver to release more harmful fats into the bloodstream, which can also increase the risk of heart disease.
Conclusion :. Stay away from processed sugar. According to brain scans, it is as addictive as cocaine and can cause cancer cells as well as heart disease.
There Is Also a Link Between Synthetic Transfatty Acid Content and Heart Disease Risk
Interestingly, the same systematic review and meta-analysis of 2015 showed a link between the consumption of synthetic trans fats and the risk of heart disease and death from all causes, including heart disease ,
Interesting because, as I pointed out in an earlier article, in the 1960s, food manufacturers consumers wanted to buy margarine and hydrogenated oil over the natural products that people used in their homes to prepare their food. As part of their devious marketing campaign, these producers claim that olive oil, coconut oil and lard are responsible for arterial blockage and cholesterol elevation because of their saturated fat content. 8
Here is a thought – is dr. Michels recent verbal attack the last chapter in the ongoing slander of coconut oil? Does she have an agenda that we do not know?
As we contemplate this fascinating possibility, it pays to point out once again how food manufacturers discredit coconut oil, which millions of people from many civilizations have used throughout history – and who, by the way, Not the rate of shockingly high rates of illness that people in the US are currently doing. For example, the inhabitants of various islands in the South Pacific have a diet that is rich in coconut and coconut products – and yet there are few heart diseases.
Back to the food manufacturers. In a neat trick, they used partially hydrogenated coconut oil for most of their studies. Neat, because partial hydrogenation is exactly the same process used to convert natural, healthy unsaturated fats into synthetic, unhealthy trans fats!
In other words, once coconut oil is partially hydrogenated, it is in any case a trans fat version of coconut oil
Natural, organic coconut oil was not the culprit. Trans coconut oil was. What a surprise.
In addition, coconut oil is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids that are metabolized into ketone bodies in our body – these are proven to reduce appetite and maintain optimal control of thyroid metabolism, which leads to weight loss and better health.
Ketones are also an excellent mitochondrial fuel and can cross the blood-brain barrier to energize your brain They are a much more preferred fuel than glucose because they produce less reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals when burned.
In conclusion, the available published expert-verified evidence that coconut oil is far from a poison, is a natural, healthy substance that enhances our well-being.
In particular, raw, organic, pure coconut oil is rightly regarded as a superfood because it enhances cardiovascular function and heals damaged cells, and cleanses the body.
Thanks again to The Truth About Cancer Team and Ty Bollinger for doing this research! In the opinion of Food Integrity Now, coconut oil is an amazing and healthy supplement to many people's diets! Good!
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