Today I would like to talk a bit about coconuts and all products made from them available in the market. Being honest, normally I don’t consume this stuff since I am from the region where people are not really eating these products regularly and therefore all the time when I see them in stores it looks a kind of exotic to me. Nevertheless, I do agree they taste good. However, whether coconut is a health- oriented product or not is really a disputable question for many researchers and scientists. Therefore I aim to present opposing ideas for you to decide whom to believe.
Among main advantages of coconut oil, milk and cream consumption is availability of MCTs (Medium-chain triglycerides) which make oil of cocount to be different from all other fats and gives coconut a unique character and healing properties. In fact, there are few foods that nowadays contain those MCTs. Further to uniqueness and properties, coconut oil protects against heart disease by improving the ratio good vs bad cholesterol. Coconuts also kill different kinds of bacteria and viruses due to antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids. It also helps diabetics by slowering sugar release into body’s bloodstream and prevents brain disorders and strokes including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Additionally, it increases energy and boosts metabolism level since it is more likely to be used as a fuel for burning than stored as a part of body fat. Lastly, coconut oil is easy to digest and absorb.
Among main disadvantages of coconut oil is the fact that coconut oil is very much fat itself. According to the Heart Foundation coconut oil is unhealthy saturated fat and therefore should be avoided. The senior manager of Food Supply of the Heart Foundation believes that since it contains a high amount of unhealthy saturated fat it rasises bad cholesterol levels, clogs the arteries and can rise the probability of heart disease risk. Importantly, different kinds of research often overlap each other providing opposing ideas such as whether it balances the ratio of bad vs good cholesterol or simply increase the level of bad cholesterol. In addition, DAA spokeswoman Tania Ferraretto agrees with remarks of the Heart Foundation stating that its high saturated content (85-90%) should be avoided.
On the whole, coconut is a kind of food which can be viewed from both perspectives: from a good and a bad one. It does contain a high amount of saturated fat but still has a number of benefits which help our body to work properly.