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I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE COCONUT OIL CONTROVERSY!

I have received comments from the statement from the American Healthy Heart Association, which tells us that saturated fats, including coconut oil, should be avoided and instead should consume canola oil, soybean oil and corn oil. In this regard, I must say that I do not agree in any way and I will explain my position.

  1. The report is to analyze issues of special importance and is not really a new report. If we look at history, they speak out to avoid fats since 1961, specifically saturated fats.
  2. There is a lot of documentation about how saturated fats are not associated with cardiovascular disease. There are about 20 compiled analyzes that have been done in the last five years and there is no relationship between saturated fats and such diseases. The same scientists say that we cannot conclude that saturated fats promote cardiovascular disease.
  3. When deciding to choose a single analysis and publicize the results of that study, it can be very effective, as did Ancel Keys, which told us that saturated fats promote cardiovascular disease. He chose seven countries that showed problems of the 22 that were analyzed; this was known as the great medical fraud of the last century.

According to the American Healthy Heart Association, we cannot consume coconut oil because it elevates LDL- cholesterol bound to proteins that form low-density lipoproteins. In this regard, I invite you to review more than that: there is a study with a sample of more than 12 thousand people where it was found that low cholesterol, (not high!) is the one that increases the risk of degenerative problems and death.

Beyond cholesterol, what I invite you to is to analyze the rates of inflammation in your body, which is really the cause of cardiovascular problems today. Scientifically it is known that cholesterol itself is not a problem but the consequence: the liver begins to generate more cholesterol to repair the damage in the body. We should not focus on the problem but the root cause of the problem so that, by understanding what happens, we can heal our body.

Something that draws my attention concerning the recommendations made by the American Healthy Heart Association is that it recommends eating vegetable fats, such as corn or soy. Why I do not agree? Because more than 90% of the total production of these types of grains, soybeans and corn, are genetically modified and contaminated with the fertilizers used in crops, which we know today, cause terrible havoc in our health, many of them are irreversible.

And even more, these oils are not “natural” oils. One question I ask myself is how these oils are produced, how they get fat from a corn or a soybeans. Exactly! As you are probably thinking, oil does not come out, but they have to be highly processed with temperatures and various chemical processes and toxic solvents. These oils were not present in our evolutionary history, since it did not exist. I am surprised that a health association recommends it.

Other factor: last year was published in the British Medical Journal a study that showed that people who left saturated fats, such as coconut oil, and consumed polyunsaturated fats, such as corn or soybeans, developed cardiovascular diseases and observed death from different causes.

It is important to analyze the source. In the past, the American Healthy Heart Association recommended lowering fats and raising sugar consumption; changing the butter to margarine, which is a synthetic fat, dangerous for our body. Does it make sense? Not to me. I could not trust someone who tells me to consume sugar when I know it is one of the greatest precursors of inflammation in my body. It has also been shown that it is much better to consume organic whole milk than skimmed milk, lactose-free and / or light milk.

Are saturated fats good or bad? If we observe our body we will find that 50% of our cell membranes are made of saturated fats, which is a key component for us to be healthy, strong, energetic, well formed, have a healthy autoimmune system, indispensable to protect the liver and brain.

For all of the above, I do not agree with leaving saturated fats. I also know that although we share many processes as human beings, there are also differences between us and sometimes we need different amounts of fats. What is for everyone is the quality of the food; must be of quality all the raw material that we give to our body.

I recommend you to check the sources, analyze the processes of your body and consume unmodified products. I also give you some sources that you can consult to make your decisions. Click on the title that interests you.

Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/06/15/CIR.0000000000000510

Dietary Fat and Its Relation to Heart Attacks and Strokes https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/330357

Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009912004001201

Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19437058

An open-label pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of virgin coconut oil in reducing visceral adiposity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22164340

Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19437058

Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/13880200903062614

Antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24328700

Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil    http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/3/621.short

The role of dietary coconut for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease: potential mechanisms of action  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25997382

Cholesterol, coconuts, and diet on Polynesian atolls: a natural experiment: the Pukapuka and Tokelau island studies.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7270479

Apparent absence of stroke and ischaemic heart disease in a traditional Melanesian island: a clinical study in Kitava https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8450295

10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs  http://responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs/

2017 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures http://www.alz.org/facts/

Ginkgo biloba extract alleviates oxidative stress and some neurotransmitters changes induced by aluminum chloride in rats http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(16)30235-0/fulltext

Gingko Biloba Protects Against Cognitive Effects of Heavy Metals http://preventdisease.com/news/17/050217_Gingko-Biloba-Protects-Against-Cognitive-Effects-Heavy-Metals.shtml

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