Coconut oil is a healthy, nutritious oil made from coconut meat. But if you’ve followed the advice of the medical industry and the media for the past 50 years, you’ve probably heard to stay away from saturated fats like those in coconut oil because they can lead to things like high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.
Unfortunately, what’s lacking in this medical advice is the distinction between different forms of saturated fats. The truth is that not all saturated fats are created equal. All fats are categorized as either short-, medium-, or long-chain. The saturated fats in coconut oil are about two-thirds medium-chain fatty acids, making them easily digestible, beneficial to the immune system, and giving them anti-microbial properties. The majority of fats consumed in our diet are long-chain fatty acids, whether they’re saturated or unsaturated.
Now back to the statement, “not all saturated fats are created equal.”…
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