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Coconut Oil Myths and Facts
Coconut oil is one of the most popular natural health products on the market today. But like any other product, it has its share of myths and misconceptions.
Here at CocoTherapy, we’re often asked questions about the safety and efficacy of coconut oil, and many of the same concerns come up again and again.
With all the information (and misinformation) out there, it can be hard to know what to believe about coconut oil. So, in this post, we’ll dispel some of the most common myths about this amazing health product!
⛔ Myth: Coconut Oil Is High in Cholesterol
One of the most pervasive myths about coconut oil is that it’s high in cholesterol and can increase cholesterol levels in the blood. Proponents of this claim point to the fact that coconut oil is a saturated fat, and saturated fats are known to raise cholesterol levels.
✅ Fact: Coconut Oil Can Improve Cholesterol Ratios
While it’s true that coconut oil is a saturated fat, many people overlook the fact that not all saturated fats are created equal. Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently by the body than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). In addition to this, coconut oil is considered a cholesterol-free fat, containing only 0-14 ppm (parts per million) of cholesterol, compared to corn oil (50 ppm) and butter (3,150 ppm).
⛔ Myth: Coconut Oil Causes Pancreatitis
Another common concern about coconut oil is that it can cause pancreatitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis has been linked with high-fat diets, especially in older, overweight, or inactive animals. That’s why some people believe that coconut oil can put undue strain on the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis.
✅ Fact: Coconut Oil Can Help Support Pancreatic Health
Coconut oil doesn’t need pancreatic enzymes for digestion like other fats do, so taking it can ease strain on the pancreas. When ingested, coconut oil is absorbed through the portal vein and goes straight to the liver where it’s converted into ketones and used for energy. This makes it a highly efficient source of fuel for the body.