In a frightful announcement, The American Heart Association has released a report in which they are advising against the use of coconut oil. Interestingly, Researchers saw no difference between coconut oil and other oils such as beef fat, butter, and palm oil. According to the report, 83% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated which is more than the beef fat (50%) and butter (63%).
According to the USA Today, the American Heart Association said in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease Advisory, “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.”
Also, the lead author of the report, Frank Sacks said that the coconut oil is almost 100% fat and he has no idea why people think is healthy.
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University Medical Center told TIME in April, “The reason coconut oil is so popular for weight loss is partly due to my research on medium-chain triglycerides. Coconut oil has a higher proportion of medium-chain triglycerides than most other fats or oils, and my research showed eating medium-chain triglycerides may increase the rate of metabolism more than eating long-chain triglycerides.”
A study was published by St-Onge which clearly showed that smaller amount of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) doesn’t help in weight loss in overweight adolescents. Another study recommended that coconut oil did not increase metabolism any better than olive oil among overweight women.