The Truth About
By Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Readers of my newsletter have been asking me if what they've been reading on
the Internet about the benefits of coconut oil - which used to be considered
detrimental to heart health - is true.
Some websites are making claims for coconut oil that seem to go beyond what
the limited research tells us. One website claims, "Coconut Oil Is The Smarter
Fat That Helps Promote Weight Loss." Another claims, "Coconut Oil Can Cure Your
Hypothyroidism." Still another claims, "In traditional medicine around the world
coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems, including the
following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds,
constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu..." and the list
continues through the rest of the alphabet.
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Most smart nutritionists never thought coconut was unhealthy. After all,
people in many parts of the world have been consuming coconuts for many years,
sometimes in large amounts, with no apparent adverse effects. Coconuts and
coconut oil are healthy additions to one's diet. The problem arises when
marketers and promoters make it seem that these are miracle foods, and people
then think that the more they consume, the healthier they will be. Thus, their
diet goes off balance and they fail to incorporate other healthy food choices.
Those who never or rarely consume coconut or coconut oil products would likely
derive some health benefits by incorporating coconut in their diet. However,
those who consume coconut on a regular basis aren't likely to incur additional
benefits - particularly if the excess coconut increases their caloric intake or
is a substitute for the beneficial oils found in flaxseed or fish oils.
I don't think that large amounts of any oil are healthy... no matter what you
read on the Internet. Instead of consuming large amounts of one type of oil, try
small amounts of a variety of oils. This way, you'll get the benefit of a number
of different fatty acids rather than just one. In my opinion, fish oils and
flaxseed oil are your healthiest options, but olive oil and small amounts of
coconut and other oils can certainly be part of your diet.
As much as possible, ingest your oils without heating them. If you do use them
for cooking, keep the cooking temperature as low as possible.
Fats: For Your
Many people are confused about fats. They think all fats are bad and unhealthy. However, some fats are necessary for optimum health. In
this article, Monique Gilbert describes the different types of fats
and their function in optimum health.
Tips for Including More Delicious Fruits and Vegetables in Your Diet
Just about everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet. Even though we know this to be true, many of us still find it hard to include the recommended 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit per day in our diets. Once you learn a few easy tricks, soon you'll have no trouble eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
Antioxidants and Vitamins: The Truth Behind the Headlines
It sounds absurd, I know, but it's only the beginning of this story. Time after
time, medical researchers and the mainstream media seem to go out of their way
to distort scientific studies and misinform readers about the usefulness of
vitamins and dietary supplements.
About The Author:
Ray Sahelian, M.D., the author of
Mind Boosters, is internationally recognized as a moderate voice in the
evaluation of natural supplements. Visit Dr. Sahelian's website at
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