Is coconut oil bad for our health? According to studies that were done with the support of the conventional food and drug industry, coconut oil is bad for our health. The problems with these studies are that they are usually misleading, because they usually do not test raw virgin coconut oil, but instead test hydrogenated coconut oil. Hydrogenated coconut oil is not the same as raw organic virgin coconut oil. Raw organic virgin coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils to consume and is one of the best oils to cook food with because of its high resistance to heat.
Below is an excerpt from LiveSuperFoods about the health benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains absolutely no trans fats. Although many people mistakenly believe coconut oil is dangerous to health due to its saturated fat content, close to two-thirds of its saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which are actually health promoting and they are antimicrobial, easily digested for quick energy, and beneficial to the immune system.
The popular misconceptions about coconut oil can be traced to some decades-old flawed studies, some of which used hydrogenated (chemically altered, unnatural) coconut oils, and to misleading advertising campaigns generated by the edible oil industry. The industry instead promoted polyunsaturated fats (such as canola, soybean, safflower. and corn), which easily go rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce harmful free radicals in our bodies. Coconut oil was falsely accused of leading to coronary heart disease, a myth that has been refuted by a large body of research showing that consumption of natural coconut oil is beneficial to health, including cardiovascular health.
One great feature about Live Superfoods’ coconut oil is that it is organic. If you live in the U.S., most of the vegetable oil found in conventional grocery stores are genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients. Corn, soybean, canola and cottonseed are the top genetically modified vegetable oils in the U.S. As of this writing, the FDA does not require companies to label their genetically modified food; therefore, it is hard to tell if a food is genetically modified or not. The best way to avoid genetically modified food is to purchase only organic food. If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease or other health problems related to heart disease, avoid conventional vegetable oil as much as possible.
I purchased Live Superfoods Raw Virgin Coconut Oil (16 oz version) at its website for the price of $12.99. If you want more coconut oil, Live Superfoods has a 32 oz version which costs $17.99. Its raw organic virgin coconut oil is contained in a jar and is solid white in appearance. If you do not like the flavor of coconut, do not worry because you can barely taste the coconut flavor. After using this coconut oil to cook your food, you may never want to go back to conventional vegetable cooking oil because of its great flavor and health benefits. For best results, use medium temperature and do not cook the coconut oil longer than necessary.