One of the growing trends in health foods has been the popularity of using virgin or organic coconut oil either as a health supplement or as a cooking fat. And yet coconut oil is a saturated fat. We have been told for decades that saturated fats are bad for us and that vegetable oil, soy oil and safflower oil are good for us because they contain polyunsaturated fats.
This contradiction has largely been ignored by the media because of the huge influence that the agri-business sector has in the halls of power in America. It is no coincidence that the 5th biggest crop is soybeans. Making polyunsaturated fat has been a massive market and any questioning of the health of polyunsaturated fats is unwelcoming. Yet, after over 40 years on polyunsaturated fats in nearly all food items Americans should be asking themselves where is the miracle end to obesity and heart disease that ‘low-fat’ food containing polyunsaturated fat promised? There’s more obesity than ever and rates of cancer and coronary disease are still high.
The truth as such scientists as Lita Lee, Ph.D. and Mary Enig, Ph.D.have demonstrated is that the thyroid gland is the key in many ways to good health and a sensible weight. Saturated fats such as organic coconut oil increase thyroid gland activity. This increased thyroid gland activity leads to the production of anti-aging steroids, the breakdown of blood cholesterol and the increased efficacy of the immunity system to fight off diseases such as cancer. Health food experts starting with Nathan Pritikin (famous for inventing the low-fat diet in 1950s) have continually overlooked the importance of the thyroid gland for good health. And they have similarly turned a blind eye to the fact that polyunsaturated fats actually suppress the thyroid gland and the immunity system. With this in mind it is easy to understand why the western world has high mortality rates due to cancer and heart disease; whereas in the developing world these health problems are low down on the cause of death. Albert Schweitzer, during his time in tropical Africa, said that it was many years before he saw a single case of cancer. He believed that the appearance of cancer was caused by introduction of the European diet to the Africans.
Another health benefit of including coconut oil in your diet is that it contains the trans fatty acid lauric acid in significant amounts. Lauric acid is also present in mother’s milk. It is now understood that it is the lauric acid in breast milk that protects a new born infant from viral, bacterial and protozoal attack. Lauric acid is antimicrobial and also gives protection against yeast and fungal infection. There are no other nuts or fruits that contain lauric acid in such high amounts as coconut oil. This is why the coconut palm has been an important source of medicine for South Pacific islanders and why the coconut is known as ‘The Tree of Life’.
Finally, eating coconut oil helps to keep up levels of vitamin E in the body. It also makes a great skin moisturizer and is popular in many parts of the world as hair oil.
America made a big mistake when it switched over from saturated fats to polyunsaturated fats in its diet; and those people who are deliberately avoiding coconut milk and oil because they think it is ‘high fat’ are missing out on a food stuff that can increase thyroid gland activity, fight aging, invigorate the immunity system, protect against bacterial attack and boost vitamin E levels.
Author: Lita Lee, Ph.D
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Author: Mary Enig, Ph,D.
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