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Dr. Silverman points out the myths in recent news that misrepresents the detrimental nature of coconut oil.
The recent headlines about coconut oil say that because it’s higher in saturated fat than beef or lard, it’s bad for you. “You’ll drastically increase the chances of cardiovascular disease if you eat it because saturated fat raises cholesterol, which leads to heart disease and mortality!” That kind of warning comes from the American Heart Association (AHA)—a powerful organization that continues to promote the mythical direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.
We know from the research that saturated fat can in fact raise your cholesterol. However, it raises it in a good way. Evidence has shown if your LDL cholesterol contains a lot of small, dense particles and you also have high triglycerides, then you’re setting the stage for heart disease. Those small, dense particles come from a diet that’s high in carbs and low in fat. Reduce your carbohydrate consumption and increase the good quality fats, your cholesterol particle ratio of bad to good will almost certainly improve.
However, if your LDL cholesterol is mostly made up of large, fluffy particles and your triglycerides are low, your risk of heart disease is much lower. What makes the difference between dangerous small, dense LDL particles and safer LDL isn’t the amount of saturated fat you eat. In fact, study after study shows that your fat and cholesterol intake have almost no impact on your blood cholesterol. It’s the amount of sugar. The AHA estimates that the average person eats 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. Sugar raises your LDL cholesterol, lowers your HDL cholesterol, and increases your triglycerides. It has been shown to increase insulin resistance and trigger inflammation. In fact, an important study in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 proved conclusively that high sugar consumption is closely linked to death from heart disease—and that link is far closer than it is for cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, or any other risk factors. That is the statistic– about the dangers to your heart and your health–is where the real headline scare should be.
There’s no need to avoid saturated fat as long as it comes from a healthy, plant-based source. Coconut oil is definitely preferable to cheap, highly processed vegetable oils that have had their nutrients stripped away. Coconut oil has other health benefits as well. The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which has well-known antibiotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral benefits. Coconut oil also helps stabilize blood sugar and helps soothe digestive upsets. Eating a lot of coconut oil does, indeed, raise your cholesterol levels–in a positive way by raising HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering triglycerides, and lowering the amount of small LDL particles.
So go ahead. Use coconut oil in your cooking.
Dr. Robert G. Silverman is a chiropractic doctor and clinical nutritionist and author of, “Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body,” (Lioncrest Publishing, 2016), an Amazon No. 1 bestseller in 2016. The ACA Sports Council named Silverman Sports Chiropractor of the Year in 2015. He also maintains a busy private practice as founder of Westchester Integrative Health Center, which specializes in the treatment of joint pain using functional nutrition along with cutting-edge, science-based, nonsurgical approaches. Silverman is a seasoned health and wellness expert on both the speaking circuits and within the media.
Liz Szabo of Kaiser Health News reports on a recent Danish study: http://annals.org/aim/article/2596394/breast-cancer-screening-denmark-cohort-study-tumor-size-overdiagnosis that “one in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram are treated unnecessarily.” The study published on Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine has renewed debate over the value of early detection, the misuse of mammography and proper prevention training for women regarding breast health.
The complete article can be found here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/01/09/mammograms-lead-unneeded-treatment-some-breast-cancers/96367604/
Our patients are always interested in finding out both sides of a story especially when it comes to vaccines and immunizations. In the past we have done our best to keep them updated with all the information we can. Learn The Risk (learntherisk.org) is a public awareness campaign to educate the public on vaccine ingredients and risks — what your Dr. should tell you but doesn’t.
The real epidemic in America is not measles, chicken pox, or Hepatitis B. It is the skyrocketing rate of autoimmune diseases (asthma, allergies, skin disorders, type-1 diabetes, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.) and neurological disorders (developmental delays, autism, ADHD, epilepsy and seizures, etc.).
Learn more at Learntherisk.org
With the tremendous rise in food allergies and intolerance over the last 10 years, new research shows that early introduction may just be what the body needs. Early introduction of commonly allergenic foods, such as peanuts and eggs, in the diet of breast-fed infants would protect against the development of food allergies.
The full story can be found here: Peanut introduction in infancy