The effect of the saturated fat in coconut oil on cholesterol levels.
The impact of coconut milk and flaked coconut on cardiovascular disease risk
Coconuts, may not really be nuts, but they are whole plant foods. But people don’t typically eat whole coconuts, so let’s break it down. Coconut oil, widely touted on the internet for it’s health properties, coconut milk which is now being used to make a variety of nondairy products, and dried coconut flakes.
Now none of these should be confused with coconut water, which is the fluid inside coconuts, which, interestingly, is so close in composition to human plasma in an emergency, you can use coconut water intravenously. You can literally just hook up a series of coconuts and drip them right into you. So if you’re ever on a desert island and just happen to have some IV tubing lying around…
Anyway, coconut oil. Harmful, harmless, or helpful?
In terms of what it does to our cholesterol it is as harmful as butter.
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