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Coconut Oil Series - Dispelling myths and misconceptions


There are still many people that falsely believe that coconut oil is bad for one’s health. In this chapter, we will look at the pros and cons of coconut oil and dispel any misconceptions floating around.

Coconut oil is high in fat. There is no denying this. However, it is high in good, saturated fat. This is the healthy fats your body requires. The fat in coconut oil is NOT the same as the saturated fats or trans fats found in margarine, fatty meats or the usual hydrogenated oils.

Coconut oil is NOT carcinogenic. It does not cause cancer. In fact, coconut oil is stable under high heat, has a high smoke point and is ideal for frying and cooking.

The oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiprotozoal and acts as an antioxidant too. Since the medium-chain fatty acids are rapidly absorbed by the body and converted into energy, you become leaner by consuming coconut oil. This is the polar opposite of what people believe. You are less prone to weight gain with coconut oil.

The human body easily digests coconut oil. The oil helps to soothe the stomach. People, who feel bloated constantly or experience tummy discomfort frequently, can alleviate these issues by consuming coconut oil.

Coconut oil gives you more energy and boosts your metabolic rate better than the sweetened energy drinks. It also helps promote optimal thyroid function.

Any doubts about coconut oil can be put to rest because it has been shown to prevent many health problems such as high cholesterol, yeast infections, blood pressure problems, fatigue, etc. If you are a diabetes sufferer, coconut oil will raise your insulin sensitivity and diminish your sugar cravings.

Of course, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are a few cons to consuming coconut oil. However, these are so minimal, they cannot negate the benefits.

Nothing is perfect for everybody. Some people may be allergic to coconuts or coconut by-products. This is a tiny minority, but there are people with this unfortunate problem. It is best they avoid coconut oil.

You should also allow the body time to adapt to the coconut oil. Take small amounts of it when you first start consuming it. You could consume a teaspoon every other day. Over time you can build up to a tablespoon or two daily. If you consume too much too soon, you may experience diarrhea.

Coconut oil is antibacterial in nature. While this is good, it may kill off the beneficial bacteria in the gut. This will not be good for people with gut flora imbalances. In cases like these, it is best to strictly limit your consumption of it or avoid it altogether.


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