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Coconut Oil is the Healthiest
Oil on Earth! ... says Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and the the author
Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil.
(Now being published as "The Coconut Oil
Excerpt from back jacket:
"If there was an oil you could
use for your daily cooking needs that helped protect you from heart disease,
cancer, and other degenerative conditions, improved your digestion,
strengthened your immune system, and helped you
lose excess weight, would you
be interested? This is what coconut oil can do for you.
What Coconut Oil DOES NOT Do:
- Does not increase blood cholesterol level.
- Does not promote platelet stickiness or
blood clot formation.
- Does not contribute to atherosclerosis or
- Does not contribute to weight
What Coconut Oil DOES Do:
- Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and
- Reduces risk of cancer and other
- Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal
(including yeast) infections.
- Supports immune system function.
- Helps control diabetes.
- Provides an immediate source of energy.
- Supports healthy metabolic function.
- Improves digestion and nutrient
- Supplies important nutrients necessary for
- Supplies fewer calories than other fats.
- Promotes weight loss.
- Helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Has a mild delicate flavor.
- Is highly resistant to spoilage (long
- Is heat resistant (the healthiest oil for
- Helps keep skin soft and smooth.
- Helps prevent premature aging and
wrinkling of the skin.
- Helps protect against skin cancer and
- Functions as a protective antioxidant."
Why do some say that
coconut oil is bad for you? Tropical oils were very popular in the US food industry prior to World
War II. The US is the largest exporter of soybeans. The well oiled marketing machinery funded by
the soy bean and corn industry and supported by the American Heart Association
was committed to change the American Diet, calling among others, for the
substitution of saturated fats for polyunsaturates. The Prudent Diet, as it was
called, left a legacy which still haunts us today. 40 years on, this conceptual
change in the eating habits of Americans has negatively influenced and changed
the dietary regimes of societies all around the world that were initially not
even affected by America's particular meat, potato and milk diet. So determined
was the pursuit of the American industries in converting their claims into
magnificent billboards of health and wealth that even small island nations in
the South Pacific were converted by this powerful marketing machine to change
centuries of dietary traditions of tropical oils to importing polyunsaturated
fats. Today heart disease is still on the increase and obesity, linked to the
“new” American diet, is a major social problem worldwide that has governments
worried about the health care cost of future generations. The U.K. and Australia
unfortunately, are racing to catch up to their allies with a large percentage of
the population being defined as overweight.
Studies were done to show that coconut oil, and all saturated fats, were bad
for one's health because they raised serum cholesterol levels. However, these
studies were done on hydrogenated coconut oil, and all hydrogenated
oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, whether they are saturated or
not. Recent research shows that it is the presence of trans fatty acids
that causes health problems, as they are fatty acid chains that have been
altered from their original form in nature by the oil refining process.
studies at the time had also shown research to the contrary, the mud stuck and
by the mid 60’s the reputation of all saturated oils in America had been
destroyed. This reputation later extended to the rest of the western
Acid (found in coconut oil) is necessary for good
health says Dr. Mary Enig, a Ph.D.
nutritionist/biochemist and one of the world’s leading
authorities on fats and oils.
She states, “Approximately
50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium
chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed
into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral,
antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to
destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza,
various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter
pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown
some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid."