We Should All Be Using Coconut Oil
The sudden popularity of using coconut oil might seem like a new health fad like using the acai berry. This is an unfair comparison because coconut oil has always been popular in South Asia as a food, a health product and a beauty product. Coconut oil was also widely imported into the States in the 1950s before the great soy bean cartels emerged that now dominate American agriculture.
It is no coincidence that science and politics have been unhealthy bedfellows in the USA. Monoculture empires of soy beans rose at the same time as the media started convincing the general public with pseudo science that polyunsaturated fats were good for people and that unsaturated fats were bad for people. It is now common for people to believe the myth that eating fat makes you fat. There seems to be very little effort made to bring hard science into the public debate on health.
Only recently, has the internet given rise to doubts about the conventional wisdom that polyunsaturated fats are good and that saturated fats are bad. Critics ask why people in South East Asia and tropical Africa who have diets consisting of up to 60% saturated fat have much lower rates of cancer and heart disease. In contrast, all food in the States is made with polyunsaturated fats and yet obesity, cancer and heart disease are worse than ever.
The truth is that coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs) that are easily absorbed by the body and converted into energy. Athletes take coconut oil before a big race. Furthermore, coconut oil helps to stimulate the thyroid gland which boosts the immune system. Laboratory research on rats has shown that a coconut oil diet inhibits the growth of cancer.
In contrast polyunsaturated fats such as soy, vegetable and sunflower contain long chain fatty acids that are hard for the body to absorb. The result is that some of the fat becomes bad blood cholesterol and leads to higher rates of heart disease and obesity. Polyunsaturated fats also lower thyroid gland activity leading to a weaker immunity system.
In India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia women use coconut oil to moisturize the skin and condition the hair. Coconut oil does not leave the skin or hair feeling greasy. After applying coconut oil, hair becomes soft and shiny. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and when it is applied to the skin it seeps down to the deeper tissue layers and stops the formation of free radicals that cause the sign of aging. Coconut oil is one of the secrets why so many Asian women seem to defy the aging process.
From this brief survey it is hoped that the reader with an open mind will begin to question the orthodoxy that saturated fats such as coconut oil are bad for you and that polyunsaturated fats such as soy are good for you. The issue is clearly more complex than the mainstream media care to make out. It is worth investigating further if you want to improve your health or stay young looking using natural food stuffs. A good place to start is to read one of the excellent books on the subject written by Bruce Fife.