Coconut Oil … Good Or Bad? Are You Confused?

Monday, January 24, 2011 by Amanda

There have been considerable changes in opinion over the years as to what is considered “good” for us as far as oils and fats are concerned and you have good reason to be confused. The studies are often linked to cholesterol, and particularly to reducing cholesterol, as high levels are thought to cause heart disease. However, often overlooked is, low levels of cholesterol can cause cancer and other non-coronary heart disease. It can also render men unable to produce their own testosterone.

According to Elaine Hollingsworth in Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry, the only good oils and fats are top quality butter, coconut oil and olive oil. The only one suitable for cooking is coconut oil as it can take high temperatures without spoiling. Other oils and fats, mostly polyunsaturated, weaken the immune system and accelerate aging.

Years ago farmers started to feed their cattle coconut oil as an inexpensive way to fatten them up and the reverse actually happened. This is because the coconut oil supported the thyroid function rather than suppressing it, which is what the soy beans and corn did and allowed the cattle to put on weight by eating less.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature although it can be liquefied by immersing the container in hot water. When choosing a good coconut oil, ensure that it is not refined, bleached or deodorised. If you’re in for a change of skin care, Elaine Hollingsworth also highly recommends that coconut oil is the only product you use for cleansing and moisturising. So save time, throw some in the pan and use a little extra on your face! You can also take it to your massage therapist, you may smell as though you’ve been at the beach but at least you know what’s going on your skin and into your body.

What research have you read lately that is contrary to popular belief?

Source: Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry (11th Edition) by Elaine Hollingsworth, pages 82-95.

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