Coconut Cholesterol May not Caused High Cholesterol

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Coconut has been a staple of the diet of people in Thailand and other island nations for centuries. They consume the milk, cook with coconut oils, and eat the flesh of the coconut itself. However, those nations do not have the anticipated high rates of heart disease high cholesterol. Studies have been done but anecdotal evidence is the most compelling.

What some people call coconut cholesterol refers to the body’s potential reaction to the saturated fat in the food. Cholesterol is found only in animal cells, humans included. The human body creates all the cholesterol the body needs. People do not need to consume cholesterol for better health.

Lauric Acid is suspected to be the reason why consuming coconut cholesterol doesn’t harm the health of those who consume large amounts of it. Our bodies process fatty acids in different ways. And lauric acid is a component of mother’s milk. It’s the same fatty acid that makes up fifty percent of the fatty acids in coconut.

Some tropical people get as much as sixty percent of their calories from coconut sources. High coconut cholesterol, excess body weight, and heart disease should be evident. Nevertheless, there has been anecdotal evidence that people who consume coconut oil, coconut milk, and consume the meat of the coconut have a noted improvement in their HDL: LDL ratio. Moreover, their HDL levels also known as good cholesterol are higher overall.

High bad cholesterol LDL and too low HDL cholesterol are risk factors for heart disease according to the American Heart Association and many other health organizations.

Coconut is a favorite food for many people all over the world. And news that it may have health benefits is news they’re likely happy to hear. Those who love the food would no longer have to worry about potential health risks and could eat as much as they like.

There are people who claim that consuming coconut oil has helped their joint pain, or helped them lose weight. Although those stories are anecdotal and aren’t backed up by any studies yet, they are encouraging. Natural medicine practitioners and people who like to eat and live naturally are excited by the reports that coconut might not merely not be unhealthy, but may even improve health. Although eating coconut cholesterol has been the way most people receive their reported benefits, supplements may be on the horizon.

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