LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Heart Association’s recent announcement that coconut oil may be as unhealthy as beef fat and butter, has caused much commotion in both the food and beverage and health and fitness industries. Widely thought of as a superfood, coconut oil is a popular alternative to dairy and cooking oils, including olive oil and vegetable oil. The AHA’s findings have the potential to substantially reduce the use of coconut oil in the US, and can change the reputation that any coconut oil benefits have amongst healthy eaters and nutritional experts.
In a recent article titled Coconut Oil Benefits: Do They Really Exist?, BizVibe analyzes the AHA’s findings and the effects that coconut oil can actually have on human health, and whether or not many purported coconut oil benefits actually exist.
According to BizVibe, coconut oil’s reputation as a superfood is largely undeserved: though coconut oil benefits do exist, they are derived from using the oil externally, not consuming it. This is due to the large amount of saturated fat that coconut oil contains. Says BizVibe, “The AHA’s assertion is largely due to the high amount of saturated fat that coconut oil contains. Coconut oil is over 80% saturated fat, which is a greater percentage than butter or lard … Since coconut oil is so high in saturated fat, high intake could lead to increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and overall poor health.”
However, they note that moderate consumption of coconut oil is likely fine and will not significantly impact health so long as your consumption of saturated fat does not exceed 6% of your daily calorie intake.
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