Coconut oil may increase your cholesterol level, clog your arteries and then elevate your risk of heart disease and stroke, and make you gain weight... all because of one thing – its high saturated fat content. Right?
WRONG! Actually, coconut oil provides health benefits instead, and more than anyone can imagine.
Let's go to the South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and the Central America where coconut and palm oils are plentiful.
Look at those people who live there. For many generations, they add significant amount of coconut oil to their traditional coconut-based diets but suffer very much lower rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other health problems than those in North America and Europe who don't eat coconut-based food at all. Why?
Simple. Because their coconut-based diets are healthy.
If that's the case, then why are there so many voices lambasting the health benefits of coconut oil, even today?
The Ugly Truth
I remember vividly that moment... I lost my yummy coconut snack (the crunchy, puffy coconut balls) overnight. Can't remember the brand but I would buy a large can every couple of days because sometimes I could finish off one large can in a day. That was in the late 1980s.
As usual, I gobbled up a can one day and then went to the supermarket hoping to get a replacement to satisfy my palate for coconut-flavored snack. To my surprise, I couldn't even find a single can on the usual shelf I bought from. I scavenge at other shelves thinking that the shelf stockers could have re-arranged the goods.
So much stock I just saw the other day and they simply got off the shelves in just a day or two, I couldn't believe!
Well, no luck. I was thinking perhaps they were suddenly selling like hot cakes and thought I could return the following day to get once they replenish the stock. Day after day I got disappointed and I even tried other grocery stores and supermarkets at other places. After a month or two, I finally gave up. I didn't know what exactly happened but I knew something was not right.
Then somewhere in 2006, my girlfriend, Laura (now, my wife) handed me a book called The Coconut Oil Miracle. I flipped the first few pages and suddenly "Tng", a light bulb went off in my head. At last, everything becomes clear. I finally understood why I couldn't find my favorite coconut-based snack 20 years back.
So, it was all because of a well-orchestrated conspiracy led by the American Soybean Association (ASA). You know what they did? ...read more