Originally Posted by Even_Exchange
Is coconut oil a miracle oil?
I think it's dangerous to think of anything as a "miracle" is likely to attribute to that substance greater powers than are justified. it is however a NATURAL produce and one that human cultures have used throughout and probably before recorded history. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that human DNA has probably adapted to using coconut and it's derivatives.
I have read about all of its health benefits, but it seems like a lot of people say that the saturated fats in it can clog arteries...
If you take a spoonful of coconut oil and hold it in your hand, how long will it remain solid?
Try it and see what happens to solid saturated fats at human body temperature.
While there has been a lot of research on saturated fats and heart disease the sum total of all that research has shown There is no link
Or is this just mainstream media and corn oil manufacturers trying to make up stories
The reasons we got into this mess are more complicated than a "conspiracy theory" I don't think at any time did anyone knowingly try to mislead anyone. The fact that it was a convienient theory that supported many industries certainly helped keep it going and therefore it's going to be difficult to reestablish the truth but it's like the "calories in = calories out" myth there are some ideas that are so fundamental to the way people think, they cannot unthink them however much evidence there is that the theory doesn't work in practice.
We may all know that insanity is doing the same thing time after time and expecting different results, but that doesn't stop us thinking saturated fat clogs arteries or we must eat less in order to lose weight.
or a lack of knowledge about medium chain tryglycerites?
Once you grasp the idea that the brain can burn MCT as easily as glucose you understand that we don't need glucose to keep the brain functioning. We can use coconut oil or butter in place of glucose. This means we can regain (over a period of time) the ability to burn our own body fat rather than keep storing it and carrying it around.
But to access our own body fat we have to lower insulin levels and to do that we have to lower blood glucose levels. That means eating fewer refined carbohydrates and generally most people will need to get under the 100g refined carbs daily level and some may have to get right down below 50g carbs daily.
At that level the calories stored in fat tissue should become available and a steady weight loss around 1kg week should be sustainable.
Using Coconut oil or other source of MCT helps the process by enabling the adjustment in metabolism to occur more readily and avoids the "Atkins flu" scenario where people feel crap while regaining the metabolic flexibility to run on a different fuel.
Apart from the lack of research on MCT we are also learning a lot of new information about our gut flora and our mitochondria.
One of the reasons the Calories in = calories out theory is flawed is that it fails to recognise that there are 10 time the number of gut flora bacteria DNA in human bodies than human DNA and we are eating to provide fuel for their metabolism along with our own fuel needs.
Changing the type of fuel our body uses also changes the type/number and calorie requirement of our gut Microbiome as does changing our inflammatory status.
Similarly each cell in our body has mitochodria that govern the energy metabolism of that cell. Having a highly inflammatory system jeopardises the functionality of mitochondria and leads to premature aging. We should all be minding our mitochondria