As the famous mocumentarian actor Borat would say:
After recent news headlines bashing coconut oil’s benefits by essentially categorizing it as a poison, I received a lot of emails.
Everyone’s question was, “Is this true?”
The short answer: “NO.”
The long answer: Read the below excerpt from one of my email replies.
Despite the fact that this article quotes Dr. This, Dr. That and the AHA, it’s completely untrue. Most studies quoted in these articles are funded by the mass producers of vegetable oils. When it comes to mass media, advertising dollars, sponsorship money, and the economy in general take precedent over real, honest and thoughtful nutrition advice.
I don’t know how much reading you’re interested in doing about saturated fats and coconut oil, but I would recommend taking a look at this study, this article, this one, this one and this one and, oh wait…this one too written by a really famous and credible doctor who changed his view on saturated fats when all the thorough, accurate studies came out about the topic.
The experts in those recommended articles are the future of nutritional medicine, such as Dr. Peter Attia, who breaks it all down. Sound nutritional advice (and common sense) always recommends sticking to whole foods and being wary of processed foods even when they’re promoted as “healthy”. And guess what is NOT a whole food and was NOT eaten by traditional societies? Vegetable oil. Alongside many progressive doctors, I’m 100% against vegetable oils which have only recently been invented in a lab by chemists (such as soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, grapeseed, sunflower and safflower seeds – most of them GMO). The processing and extraction is largely chemical and in my, and many nutritional experts, opinion plays no positive role in the human diet.
I’ve always liked Joan Dye Gussow’s quote:
“I prefer butter to margarine, because I trust cows over chemists.”
When it comes to cooking fats, I’m a huge fan of traditional fats (I’ve written about traditional fats here). I pretty much rotate between Coconut oil, EVOO, grass fed ghee and butter. Grass fed is the key here because the nutritional profile of butter and ghee of factory farmed raised animals vs grass fed, pastures raised animals is very different. There’s recently been a push for Macadamia and Avocado oil which are okay, but I unfortunately can’t put them ahead of what I’ve listed above. I’d rather eat avocados and macadamia nuts whole and reap the benefits of the fat, along with the fiber.
I think we’d all save ourselves form a lot of headaches if we just ate whole and preferably organic foods from plants and pasture raised animals and ignored the sensational (fake) nutritional news headlines. It’s easier said than done, but it’s worth the time and effort in learning about traditional ways of eating and living.
Other recommended resources:
The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller
This resource on cooking oils is well researched and easily presented
Thanks for reaching out,