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Coconut milk is good

In Personal on 15 May, 2006 at 9:22 am

For decades, people have believed that coconut oil (and thus coconut milk) is bad for health.  Several reasons for this belief; First is that coconut oil is high in saturated fat, and saturated fat is suppose to be harmful.  This is wrong as leading scientist now recognized that as there are good cholesterol, there are also good saturated fats.  These special kind of saturated fats (as coconut has several) that coconut oil has is easily digestible and converted into quick energy, thus it is less likely to cause obesity.

The second reason is due to a flawed study on hydrogenated coconut oil.  It is now known that the process of hydrogenation creates trans fatty acids(TFAs), which are toxic entities that enter cell membranes, block utilization of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and impede cell functionality. TFAs also cause a rise in blood cholesterol. These substances are not present in natural coconut oil.

The third (and possibly the major) reason is due to economics.  Beginning with a flawed study four decades ago, continuing through the 1950s, intensifying in the 1980s, and again in the 1990s, the misinformation about coconut oil has been promulgated by several economically motivated organizations in the US.

The benefit of coconut oil can be summarized as below:

  • In animal studies, feeding unprocessed coconut and coconut oils prevented tumor development, both malignant or benign.
  • It lowers cholesterol if it is high and raises it if it is too low.
  • Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in the originating plant, in our gut and in our blood. Reducing seed oil consumption and using coconut milk or coconut oil as the dietary staple is reversing viral loads in HIV, eliminating all types of herpes virus and reducing or preventing other viral diseases including the yearly ‘flus’ and measles. The antiviral effect seems to be against lipid-enveloped viruses and is due to the presence of lauric acid in coconut oil.
  • Coconut oil is unique in its ability to prevent weight-gain or cure obesity, by stimulating the metabolism. It is quickly metabolized, and functions in some ways as an antioxidant.
  • Every study using natural, unprocessed coconut oil found a normalizing of cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. This is also true of extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil and avocado oil.
  • Within a week, abnormal cortisol levels show improvement indicating adrenal restoration using vitamin B1, B complex and coconut milk. Patients seem more awake, their mood, energy and memory improves, and sleep becomes more normal.

References:

  1. Mary Enig, Ph.D. On Cholesterol, HIV, and Coconut Oil
  2. The Oiling of America, Parts 1 and 2
  3. Center for Research on Lauric Oils, Inc
  4. Interview of Mary Enig
  5. Interesting facts about coconut