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A perfect example of a healthy food that has been demonized by mainstream nutrition professionals is coconut oil.

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Coconut oil improves blood lipids in both animals and humans. Photo credit: Shutterstock

It has mainly gotten a bad rap because it is very high in saturated fat.

But as we know, saturated fat is not so bad and what we’re left with is a perfectly healthy cooking oil.

Coconut Oil Got a Bad Rap in The Past

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat you can find, with around 90 percent of calories as saturated fat.

Saturated fat was unfairly demonized a few decades ago by a few biased but highly influential scientists. However, new studies show that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease.

The initial studies on coconut oil that supposedly demonstrated that it was unhealthy used refined and hydrogenated coconut oil that contained trans fats.

These studies have no relevance to the unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil that is commonly found in health food stores today… which is the subject of this article.

Populations That Eat a lot of Coconut Are Healthy

If coconut fat were bad for you, then we should see some very sick people in populations that eat a lot of it.

But we don’t. Populations who eat a large percentage of calories from coconuts are much healthier than Western nations.

The Tokelauans ate more than 50 percent of calories as coconut and were the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world [in addition to the country's commitment to renewable energy]. The Kitavans ate up to 17 percent of calories as saturated fat, mostly from coconut.

Both of these populations had no traces of cardiovascular disease despite the high saturated fat consumption and were overall in exceptional health.

Bottom Line: Populations that eat a lot of coconut are in excellent health.

Coconut Oil Has a Unique Composition of Fatty Acids

Coconut oil is very different from most other cooking oils and contains a unique composition of fatty acids.

The fatty acids are about 90 percent saturated.

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