Researchers from American Heart Association say, coconut oil, a saturated fat increases bad cholesterol in us. Animal fats are generally bad for health while plant oils such as olive oil and sunflower are healthier options. It’s pretty difficult for everyone to agree that saturated fat is not good for health. Consuming diet having high saturated fat increases the bad cholesterol in the blood which can block up the arteries and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
According to AHA, coconut oil contains 82% of saturated fat that much more than what butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%) contains. But, on the other hand, mixing fats with coconut oil will still make it a good option. However, people could find a good replacement such as sunflower oil, olive oil, and their spreads.
Dr. Frank Sacks, one of the lead author of the AHA said, “We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels.” We come to the conclusion that fat is still a part of the healthy and balanced diet. Fats are essential for absorbing essential vitamins such as A, D, and E.
“To eat well for your heart health, it is not just about reducing fat but reducing specific types of fat and taking care over what these are replaced with – unsaturated fats and whole grains, rather than sugars and refined carbohydrates”, said Victoria Taylor, from the British Heart Foundation.
“We recommend replacing the saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats – using oils instead of butter and choosing foods like avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds instead of foods high in saturated fats like cakes, biscuits, chocolate and fatty meat”, she further added. You can reduce the fat by grilling, baking or steaming the food rather than deep frying or another option is trim the visible fats and take the skin off meat before cooking.