You may have seen this in the news about coconut oil. Dr. Karin Michels, a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Germany, went on record to label coconut oil as & # 39; one of the worst things you can eat & # 39 ;.
Her YouTube video has been viewed almost a million times and her speech has been titled Coconut Oil and Other Nutrition Mistakes & # 39 ;. She claims that coconut oil is just as bad for your health and well-being as "pure poison."
Why they made these claims is somewhat obvious and probably based on what the regular medical institution and unfortunately, most people, still believe that the harmful effects of saturated fats and LDL are on our health.
Let us discuss this further. Eighty percent of the coconut oil consists of saturated fat. This is more saturated fat than butter, beef or even pork lard.
Consumption of coconut oil increased the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as "bad" cholesterol, in seven of the seven controlled trials. Because it is assumed that higher levels of LDL automatically increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) has not recommended the consumption of coconut oil. Other organizations, such as the British Nutrition Foundation, have also made statements that, although coconut oil can be safely consumed, it should only be included in small quantities and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Is Dr. Michel?
She is not! What Dr. Michel may not understand, is the following information.
We must provide this information to Ty Bollinger and the Truth About Cancer Team for the following information:
"Is" high cholesterol "the cause of heart disease?
Ask an American what causes heart disease, and 99% of the time the answer will be "high cholesterol". It is true that cholesterol is defamed and now is considered a "terrifying" substance that must be reduced at all costs. However, if you speak to gerontologists specialized in older medicine, you will soon find that almost all of the most elderly patients have a "high" cholesterol level (according to the so-called "normal" norms). But these patients still live and many of them are in very good health and are very active for their age.
And for the sake of clarity, cholesterol itself, whether it is transported by lipoproteins with low density (LDL) or high density lipoproteins (HDL), is exactly the same. Cholesterol is simply a necessary ingredient that needs to be delivered regularly around the body for an efficient, healthy development, maintenance and operation of our cells. The difference is in the "transporters" (HDL and LDL). It is a fact that both HDL and LDL are essential for the delivery logistics of the human body to be able to work effectively.
"But are not high LDL values associated with an increased risk of heart disease?"
"Should not we try to lower our LDL levels?"
Lower LDL cholesterol is not associated with reduced risk of heart disease or mortality
The coronary experiment in Minnesota – conducted between 1968 and 1973 – was a double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial in humans to test whether replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and death, due to cholesterol levels in the body. to lower blood.
To everyone's surprise, a recently published analysis of previously unpublished data from this study showed that replacing saturated fat with vegetable oils did not reduce the risk of dying, although both LDL and total cholesterol levels decreased.3,4
In fact, instead of LDL levels, a high ratio of total cholesterol to high density lipoprotein (HDL) seems to be the best predictor of cardiovascular risk and insulin resistance.
And in people over the age of 60, a recent systematic review has convincingly shown that LDL cholesterol is not associated with a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease; instead it shows an opposite or opposite correlation with death from all causes!5
There is no link between saturated fat consumption and heart disease risk
Here is another shocking fact – a systematic review and meta-analysis of up to 12 studies, published in 2015, showed no connection between saturated fat consumption and either a greater risk of heart disease, death from any cause, including heart disease , strokes or type 2 diabetes in healthy adults.6
Systematic evaluations use systematic methods to collect and critically assess scientific evidence. They are designed to provide a complete, exhaustive summary of current data relevant to a research question.
A meta-analysis is used to combine results from multiple studies to increase or "increase" the statistical probability of the results, to improve estimates of the magnitude of the effect and sometimes to resolve uncertainties when individual studies disagree .
The Sugar Link to Heart Disease
More than 600,000 people die every year from heart disease in the United States, accounting for 25% of total deaths. Apart from "iatrogenic" causes (i.e., caused by a physician or medical treatment), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
In 1770, when sugar was only for the rich, the average American ate only 4 kilos of sugar a year. In 2018 the average American consumes more than 160 kilos of sugar every year! Sugar has been linked to cancer, diabetes and obesity. But is there also a link between sugar and heart disease?
A diet rich in sugar increases the risk of dying from a heart condition (even if you are not overweight), according to a large study published in JAMA Internal medicine.7
In the course of the 15-year study into the contribution of sugar to heart disease, participants who took 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar took more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diet was less than 10%. included sugar.
Consuming too much added sugar can increase blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation, both of which are pathological pathways to heart disease. A low-sugar diet can also stimulate the liver to dump more harmful fats into the bloodstream, which can also increase the risk of heart disease.
Bottom line …. Stay away from processed sugar. According to brain scans, it is just as addictive as cocaine and can feed cancer cells, but also be involved in heart disease.
There is also a link between synthetic trans-fat consumption and heart disease risk
Interestingly, the same systematic review and meta-analysis of 2015 showed an association between the consumption of synthetic trans fats and the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from all causes, also as a result of heart disease.
Interestingly, because, as I mentioned in a previous article, food producers in the 1960s wanted to buy margarine and hydrogenated oil for the natural products that people used to prepare their food. As part of their underhand marketing campaign, these manufacturers claimed that olive oil, coconut oil and lard were responsible for blocking blood vessels and increasing cholesterol levels because of their saturated fat content.8
Here is a thought – is Dr. Michels & # 39; recent verbal attack the newest chapter in the constant libel of coconut oil? Does she have an agenda that we are not aware of?
While we think about this intriguing possibility, it is worth pointing out once again how food producers discredited coconut oil, which was used by millions of people from many civilizations throughout history – and who, by the way, do not experience the speed of staggering high sickness figures that people in the US currently have. For example, residents of various islands in the South Pacific have a diet rich in coconut and coconut products – and yet there is almost no heart condition.
Back to the food producers. In a neat trick they used partially hydrogenated coconut oil for most of their studies. Neat, because partial hydrogenation is exactly the same process used to convert natural, healthy unsaturated fats into synthetic, unhealthy trans fats!
In other words, once coconut oil is partially hydrogenated, it is a trans fat version of coconut oil for all purposes.
Natural, organic coconut oil was not the culprit. Trans-coconut oil was. What a surprise.
Furthermore, coconut oil is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids, which in our body are converted into ketone bodies – which have been shown to reduce appetite and maintain optimal thyroid metabolism control, leading to weight loss and better nutrition. health .
Ketones are also an excellent mitochondrial fuel and they can cross the blood-brain barrier to supply your brain with energy.They are a much better fuel than glucose because they produce less reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals when burned.
In summary, the available published, peer-reviewed evidence indicates that coconut oil, far from being a poison, is a natural, healthy substance that improves our well-being.
Concretely, raw, organic, virgin coconut oil is rightly a superfood because of the ability to stimulate cardiovascular function, heal damaged cells and cleanse the body. "
Thanks again to The Truth About Cancer Team and Ty Bollinger for this research! In the opinion of Food Integrity Now, coconut oil is a great and healthy addition to the diet of many people! Be good!
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