Dr. Oz states “ Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.”
There appears to be little scientific evidence out there which supports health claims and coconut oil.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: shows us that one tablespoon of coconut oil provides 117 calories, 13.6g total fat (11.8g saturated fat, 0.8g monounsaturated fat, 0.2g polyunsaturated fat), This oil contains a unique blend of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which some studies suggest aren’t stored in our fat cells to the same degree as long-chain fatty acids (plentiful in most American diets).
It may be true, the virgin type of coconut oil has some antioxidant properties, potentially because of plant nutrients called phenolic compounds. Studies have tested cholesterol levels and coconut oil- but the results are inconclusive.
“A meta-analysis that compiled results from 60 studies looking at the role of individual fats in heart disease found that although coconut oil’s fatty acids improved the total cholesterol ratio by raising HDL cholesterol (your good fat), it also raised LDL cholesterol (your bad fat). Experts warn that any food that raises LDL cholesterol should be restricted because LDL cholesterol is the cardinal target therapy for cardiovascular disease.”
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