While not many people across the globe make use of coconut oil for cooking, it is extensively used in the Southern part of India for cooking, which is bad news. The American Heart Association has published a study recently released which states that coconut oil is not healthy for consumption as it has the potential to increase LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. LDL can cause cardiovascular diseases and is known for causing ill health to the body.
Coconut Oil May Increase Metabolism Rate but it Sure has High Amounts of Saturated Fat
In a controlled trial, the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory examined the existing data on saturated fat, and it is this report that showed that coconut oil increased the bad cholesterol in all the seven trials, thus should be a cause of worry for those who consume coconut oil on a regular basis. While pork lard has 39% of saturated fat, butter has 63%, and beef fat has 50. However, coconut oil comprised 82% of saturated fat! So much for all those people who think coconut oil is healthy! Perhaps the popularity of coconut oil is high on account of it being used for weight loss as it has a higher proportion of medium-chain triglycerides, which may increase the metabolism rate.
Use Coconut Oil as Moisturizer and Hair Conditioner Instead
However, before you discard the bottle of coconut oil in the bin and swear never to use it again, do remember that it can be used safely on hair and body. Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer and is an excellent hair conditioner. It can be put on the body but should not be put in the body! Massaging this oil in your hair has many benefits.