Step away from that coconut! The American Heart Association just released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.
In fact, coconut oil may be as unhealthy as beef drippings and butter. Gulp!
In an unpleasant surprise for many health food devotees, research showed that coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers saw no difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. In fact, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, according to the data — far beyond butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%), as USA Today reported.
“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” the American Heart Association said in its recent advisory.
This news comes as a bit of a shock after many years of hearing the virtues of all things coconut extolled as a beauty and health aid. Indeed you can now find coconut oil in everything from hair serum to toothpaste.
Nutrition experts point out that coconut oil may well be good to use on your body, just not in your body.