US authorities question the health benefits of coconut, warning that it increases the cholesterol level more like other saturated fats. According to a paper released by the American Heart Association (AHA), consumers are advised to get rid of coconut oil and go for polyunsaturated fats.
According to AHA, coconut oil causes the increase in LDL cholesterol and has no significant health benefits. As such, we don’t advocate the use of coconut oil. The advice is in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines in 2013 that says food containing saturated fats must be cut down; these foods include coconut oil, butter, and cream oil.
Experts emphasize on the dangers of coconut oil
The Dietitians Association of Australia’s spokesperson, Kellie Bilinski stated the bottom line for the whole thing saying that coconut oil has no tangible evidence to use it, and it is a saturated fat. The accredited practicing dietician also stated that saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Bilinski added that several pieces of evidence abound that polyunsaturated fats can raise healthy cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in foods such as Walnuts and Salmon.
Researchers at the University of Georgia recently discovered that a PUFA-rich diet could control a person’s appetite by altering hunger-related hormones. Members who often consumed PUFA-rich foods had a definite decrease in huger-increasing hormone, Ghrelin. Likewise, such members had a marked peptide YY (PYY) increase causing satiety and fullness.
Ms. Bilinski advocates the use of vegetable or olive oil in cooking, as they contain polyunsaturated fats.