We took a look at the claims for coconut oil; now let’s take a closer look at it.
Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat. That’s worse than lard. Yikes! Does that mean lard is a health food too? Hmmm… my guess is… no. When oil is taken out of a food is it never a health food. That’s true about oil from corn, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, olives and anything else you can think of. Oil that is freed from the food it came from reacts differently in our body than when it is consumed with the whole food.
Coconut is a natural plant food which can have a small place in most people’s diets. The people who live where coconuts grow (the tropics) have very few other sources of fat. As a whole food the oils are combined with the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other plant components in a way that makes them safe. Ohhh… so that’s the difference… it’s a whole food and not an isolated component. When the oil is removed by processing then it becomes a medicine at best and a toxin at worst and… the more processing… the worse the oil. To add this free oil to the American diet that is already floating in oil is not healthful.
Coconut is very rich and is full of calories and fats. If it becomes a big part of your diet you will most likely gain weight. Oh, dear! So… use it like a condiment and enjoy its unique flavor sparingly; think of it as a treat. Maybe the reason it has such hard shell (like other “nuts”) is too keep people from eating too much of it. Hmmm… who could have thought of that?