Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Junk Science Attacks Coconut Oil, Who's Driving It?

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Give me a break! Fake or junk science finds its way into everything from financial market analysis to nutrition. The American Heart Association recently released a report that reaffirmed the same flawed conclusions reached in a 1970's report that coconut oil has never been healthy, and in many respects, is bad for you. This suggestion comes despite tropical nations' heavy and consistent use of coconuts for thousands of years without evidence it increases the incidence of heart disease or illness. If fact, the coconut is so revered for its healing properties among indigenous people, it's known as the Tree of Life.

While Western science tries to boil down all complex systems into cause and effect, a process familiar to investors that read financial headlines, we ignore complex nutritional relationships and genetics as the driver of deficiencies and disease.

For example, fats, including saturated ones, are classified as short, medium or long-chained. This classification is based on the number of carbon molecules in the molecule. Coconut oil, the new/old evil saturated fat is largely a medium chain molecule. These fats are easily absorbed by the liver through the portal vien and available for immediate energy conversion. Easily absorbed fat molecules are less likely to circulate in the blood, thus, causing numerous problems from obesity to atherosclerosis.

Nearly 50% of coconut's fat is lauric acid, a molecule converted to monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin adversely effects the lipid membranes of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses that make us sick. Guess the report forgot to mention that. Lauric acid is so important to human development and maintenance of health that it's the main component of human breast milk, an food source designed by evolution to protect children from illness during infancy.

I've seen this type of stuff enough in the financial world to ask the next logical question, who's funding this report/study? The council of soybean growers angered by coconut oil's increasing market share over soybean oil in recent years?

Headline: Coconut oil isn't healthy. It's never been healthy.

The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.

The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL ("bad") cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers didn't see a difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. In fact, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, according to the data — far beyond butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).


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