Clearing the air on coconut oil myths

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Despite the widespread belief in coconut’s superfood status, there are lingering doubts and misconceptions, particularly concerning coconut oil, which has emerged as a prominent product in the coconut lineup. 

In this article, The Coconut Cooperative will look at the common myths surrounding coconut oil to reveal the truth behind its health claims.

Myth 1: Coconut oil is high in cholesterol

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While coconut is a saturated fat, it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), recognized as healthy fats. Surprisingly, coconut oil is cholesterol-free, containing only 0-14 ppm (parts per million) of cholesterol. In comparison, corn oil has 50 ppm, and butter has a whopping 3,150 ppm. 

In healthy individuals, coconut oil supports heart health by elevating good cholesterol levels. It may also help with reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues and maintaining stable blood pressure.

NB: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These whole food products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Myth 2: Coconut oil can cause weight gain

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Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil can aid in weight loss. Its inclusion in the diet helps curb overeating tendencies by inducing a sense of satiety, leading to prolonged fullness. 

Rather than being stored as fat, the MCT oil in coconut oil facilitates energy storage in the body to assist in weight management efforts.

Myth 3: Coconut oil can cure various health problems

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While coconut oil offers health benefits, it’s not a panacea for all health problems. Although consistent use supports optimal weight, digestive health, and skin and hair care, it does not possess miraculous healing properties for severe illnesses.

Closing thoughts on coconut oil myths

Closing thoughts on coconut oil myths - The Coconut Cooperative -

In conclusion, while coconut holds a revered status as a superfood, it is essential to approach its consumption with moderation and informed awareness. 

By debunking these myths surrounding coconut oil, we shed light on its true health implications. Remember, balance is key to harnessing the benefits of coconut in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

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