Is Coconut Oil Healthy For You? :
Earlier this year when I read a book disparaging the use of coconut oil, I was skeptical. At the time, I believed coconut oil was healthy enough to include in a couple of Fruitive’s recipes. We even kept a 1-gallon bucket of it in our cupboard at home!
But then, I Googled for coconut oil benefits and uncovered a lively debate with each side pointing to its respective studies.
According to the Harvard Health Blog, a research team headed by Dr. Qi Sun of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition “… examined the links between different types of saturated fatty acids and heart disease.”
Their findings? The lauric acid in coconut oil didn’t appear to raise the risk of heart disease “quite as much” as other saturated fats, including palmitic acid found in butter. But that wasn’t enough to impress Dr. Sun.
He states, “Coconut oil does have some unique qualities that enthusiasts cite to explain its alleged health benefits. But the evidence to support those claims is very thin.”
At the end of the third video, he concludes, “In terms of what [coconut oil] does to our cholesterol, it is as harmful as butter.”
In the plant-based world, equating something with butter is NOT GOOD! Coconut oil is processed like all other oils and is not recommended on a whole food, plant-based diet (WFPB)!
The bottom line?
Fruitive no longer uses coconut oil in any recipes. In fact, we’ve eliminated all oil except for a small amount in our organic vegan wraps. And we’re on the lookout for an oil-free alternative to them!