Coconut oil is considered to be healthy saturated fat. However, the American Heart Association recently released news that coconut oil may not be as healthy as some experts are suggesting.
Coconut oil contains high levels of saturated fat. And while some experts argue that the type of saturated fats in coconut oil is healthy for the body, the AHA doesn’t agree.
Coconut Oil contains loads or saturated fats: In the study, the AHA lists coconut oil alongside butter and lard as leading sources of saturated fat in the human diet with 82 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams of oil. That means that 83 percent of the fats in coconut oil are saturated fats.
Coconut oil raises LDL (the bad cholesterol)
In a double-blind study, the AHA found that Coconut oil raises LDL levels far more than olive oil. In fact, over the course of 7 trials, researchers determined that coconut oil raised LDL levels the same as butter, beef fat and palm oil. Raised LDLs may lead to cardiovascular disease.
“… Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” The AHA wrote.
The American Heart Association recommends that people aim for 13 grams of saturated fats or less per day (or about 5 to 6 percent of their daily calories).
The AHA recommends using olive oil and sunflower oil which contain significantly fewer saturated fats.