Experts say coconut oil may be as unhealthy as butter, animal fats

Experts say coconut oil may be as unhealthy as butter, animal fats

It’s actually worse for you than eating butter, lard or palm oil, according to a Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory issued last week. Only 37% of nutritionists agreed.

A new report by the American Heart Association says coconut oil is as bad for the body as other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil.

Though the association admits there isn’t strong research to support this, it cites the possibility because more than 80 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated.

LDL cholestorol makes up the majority of the body’s cholesterol, and is known as “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to heart disease and stroke from arterial plaque buildup. But it also notes coconut oil ups the amount of good cholesterol.

The AHA says coconut oil also increases LDL cholesterol, that’s the bad kind – the kind that clogs your arteries. Coconut oil and olive oil are virtually the same when it comes to calorie content say experts.

Coconut oil has a lot of external uses.

Before you trash your coconut oil, know that saturated fat is a loaded term. Past weight loss studies might be responsible.

The report, which was released last week, revealed coconut oil increased cholesterol in all seven of the trials and showed a “significant” increase in six of them. Some, like oil pulling, remain unproven, but coconut oil has been proven to be a very effective moisturizer, hair conditioner and makeup remover – and much healthier than its chemical laden in-store counterparts.

- Makeup remover: Apply coconut oil to a cloth or cotton ball, wipe off makeup and rinse off with warm water.