For so long now we have been lead to believe that coconut oil is good for us, like really good for us, and this is why we should be cooking in it, adding tablespoons to our smoothies, spread it like butter on toast and adding it to are meals. Well, this is NOT the case. Throughout my studies and early research, everywhere i looked it was talking about the health benefits of coconut oil, and lots of it, making it out to be the wonder oil cure for all.

Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat, bad LDL cholesterol. Oil and fat are oil and fat. Just because it has a few structures within it that have been found to be anti-viral, anti-microbial, this does not mean we need it, we should be making food choices which fuel our body, which will strengthen our immune system to fight off the bad microbes.

Ounce for ounce, coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter, a rendered form of beef  fat, or lard. “So coconut oil raises LDL cholesterol as much – or more – than animal fats,” cautions Dr. Kenney, Nutrition Research Specialist and Educator

Yes, lard has less saturated fat than coconut oil, and we all know lard is not good for us, this is not to say animal fat is any better, but this puts coconut oil in perspective. Saturated fat causes our bodies blood flow to slow down, not only coconut oil, but all oil, causing our arteries to clog, increasing are risk of cardiovascular disease, heart problems, increasing LDL cholesterol and damaging our overall health, especially our hormones.

Why does oil affect our hormone health, well saturated fat has massive impact on our estrogen levels, creating more estrogen in the body, adding to the hormone imbalance, and disrupting other hormones, like our thyroid function; which affects our weight, mood, hair growth, skin and energy. So if we are feeding ourself a food which increases our estrogen levels, then we are adding to the degeneration of our hormones leading to estrogen dominant illness’s i.e. Endometriosis, Hypothyroid, Infertility, Menopause, PMS, fibroids and hormone related cancers.

You ‘re probably thinking well the majority are saying it is good, and i was once part of that majority, but lets look at the real evidence here, worldwide we have never had so much ill-health, especially hormone related ill-health, we are at an epidemic level now, with some people living day by day with symptoms and not even realising it is a hormone problem, passing it off as stress or tiredness, awareness must be raised.

Don’t ignore your body, it will tell you when something is up, ‘symtpoms’, this is not us, we should not have them, so if you are experiencing any of these symtpoms your body is trying to tell you something; PMS, lower back pain, painful periods, headaches, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, mood changes, anxiety, depression, fatigue, exhaustion, fertility issues, hot flashes, night sweats, acne, pain, aches in joints, cold hands and/or feet, loss of libido, bloating, tearfulness.

How can a 92% saturated fat be good for us, really, we all know saturated fat is not great, so why is coconut oil an exception, well maybe because its another FAD craze, miss informing people and wasting your money, and sucking you in. I will be completely honest with you, i have spent a fortune on coconut oil thinking it was so good, and now i know better due to hours and hour of research, and have witnessed the difference physical in both myself and my clients.

The one area it is great for, is our hair and skin, and for natural lubrication, but not in your mouth, on your body not in your body.

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms listed in this article, unsure what to do next, feel free to send me an email: arianna@nutritionalvibrance.com

I would love to hear your comments on this.

 

Arianna (Founder)

arianna@nutritionalvibrance.com