For a few years now, a big trend has been advocating coconut oil. A lot of 'healthy living' websites, shows and authors jumped on the band wagon and began quoting each other about how good coconut oil is for you. The truth is, though, they were all wrong.
Unfortunately, when these kinds of fads are sparked, a lot of people who claim to know what they're talking about just repeat what they hear without doing any research in reputable sources. Once the ball gets rolling, it picks up some powerful momentum and goes completely out of control. Before you know it, everyone is misinformed.
What’s worse, a lot of people don’t even want to hear that their ‘miracle treatment’ isn’t nearly as miraculous as they thought it was. People like simple solutions.
It all started when a study on palm oils came out a few years ago. Palm oils were known for being notoriously bad for you, but the study found that coconut oil was not as bad as most other palm oils. That is, it was the best of the worst.
Clever marketers grabbed that and ran with it, hailing coconut oil as a healthy option. Claims started popping up all over the place with little to zero evidence behind them: coconut oil is heart-healthy, some say. Coconut oil stops aging, treats diabetes or helps with weight loss.
According to Web MD, at best, coconut oil will have a neutral effect. It raises LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), just not as badly as butter does. It has failed to prove itself very beneficial in any reputable studies.
"Coconut oil may be a delicious fat best used in moderation like most everything else, but there’s little evidence that it’s an amazing, miraculous, brain-saving food," concluded the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Source: Healthy Food House