I was born and raised by Trinidadian parents in the caribbean (St.Croix). Coconut oil was the main ingredient in the hair and body cream my mother made, and what we cooked with. Yes, I guess you can say I was raised on coconut oil.
I have to thank my beautiful mother for my gorgeous black skin. If it wasn’t for her keeping me nice and oily as a child drenched in coconut oil, lol, I wouldn’t be the natural black shiny man I am today.
So…Is coconut oil good or bad? Is it the savior or the devil?
Recently, I sat through an accredited course explaining certain nutritional values in certain oils and minerals. When we started to talk about the value of coconut oil, one study suggested the benefits do not outweigh the shortcomings of the nutritional value of coconut oil. One comparison claimed to place coconut oil under the same standards as lard or butter due to it solidifying at room temperature, and high content of saturated fat (90%).
Fact: Saturated fat is divided into various types, based on the number of carbon atoms in the molecule, and about half of the saturated fat in coconut oil is the 12-carbon variety, called lauric acid. That is a higher percentage than in most other oils, and is probably responsible for the unusual HDL effects of coconut oil.
Plant-based oils (i.e.coconut oil) are more than just fats. They contain many antioxidants and other substances, that improve the overall effects on health that can be predicted just by the changes in LDL and HDL. Another fact about coconut oil is it converts to the medium chain fatty acid monolaurin. Monolaurin is a component of breast milk known for strengthening the immune system, promoting brain development, strengthening bones, and protecting against viruses and bacteria. Studies show it may speed up metabolism to aid weight loss, and it is stable at higher cooking temperatures.
Will overuse of coconut oil have a negative effect on your overall health?
Yes, but what fatty based product won’t? Consider adding virgin, organic, non-refined coconut oil to your diet to maximize health.