Hate To Break It To You, But Coconut Oil Is Unhealthy AF
Coconut oil has really had a moment in the past couple of years. Either you were putting it in your hair, on your skin, or in your food. We’ve realized that coconut oil can definitely make you break out, but you may not have really looked into the health-factor of coconut oil – until now.
When you take a peek at the nutrition label on your beloved coconut oil, you’ll realize that it has a shit load of saturated fat — 92%, to be exact. If you forgot what saturated fat is, it’s unhealthy af, it’s the same reason some people avoid Oreos and other fake-ass snack foods. Saturated fat raises your cholesterol, and leads to problems with your heart. It’s also not ideal for your waistline.
But wait, people were saying that coconut oil is healthy, so what’s up with that?
Well, coconut-oil lovers argued that “some of its saturated fat is comprised of shorter molecules than saturated fat from dairy fat, and these do tend to raise HDL cholesterol more potently,” explained Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to FOX News.
Okay, so maybe coconut oil is healthier than butter, but like, who even eats butter anymore besides Paula Deen and your grandmother that lives in Alabama?
Besides, the whole “shorter molecules” thing may not be legit. 21 studies published in Nutrition Reviews claim that all of the claims about coconut oil’s saturated fat being “different” are BS.
Moreover, the “good” cholesterols people claim you get from coconut oil aren’t so healthy. Studies have found that even people with the “good” cholesterols were still at risk for heart attacks or strokes, and people with the highest levels actually had an increased risk of death by other health causes.
Basically, there really aren’t any health benefits to using coconut oil. If you like the flavor, you go Glen Coco(nut), but olive, canola, and soybean oils are all better for you health-wise.