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Coconut Oil Studies? & Can you eat too much?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I dont understand a few studies im coming across that condemn coconut oil

We pretty much all by now know of its benefits, but theres still quite a few studies on the net about it being really bad for arterial health

All i can think is that they used hydrogenated coco oil in the studies?

I'm currently eating lots of the oil, sometimes just by the spoonfull out the tub, and i swear i can feel how good the stuff is for me, but still im wondering is there a limit to how much i can eat?

Thanks!

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on February 28, 2013
at 02:49 PM

Having said all that, if you are eating or cooking with only 3 tbsp a day, I wouldn't worry about the amount -- that's fairly low compared to most here.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 28, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Well, that's only the abstract, and sadly I don't have access to pubmed articles currently. However, the study was on hamsters. This is important, as hamsters do not eat these fruits to begin with, let alone their refined oils. An interesting thing happend in the 40s with cows - they were fed coconut oil and lost weight. Some use this to say that coconut oil is fantastic for weight loss, but it's just as incorrect. While cows subsist primarily on fatty nutrients, they generate these fats from fibrous materials in their digestive organs.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:17 PM

also i dont need weight loss & i don't seem to gain weight no matter how high fat i go, hence me asking isit ok to eat loads of pure coco oil, i'll try & stick to the recommended 3 tblspn p/d though

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:14 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10673913 thats one of the studies, ill try find the other i saw recently...

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 28, 2013
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First, you should link to these studies that you read, otherwise there is no real discussion to be had here.

Most claims that coconut oil is bad for arterial health come from the played out "SFA is bad for your arterties" train of thought.

Hydrogenated coconut oil is possible, but unlikely -- why hydrogenate something that is at most something like 7% non-SFA? Refined coconut oil, however, I would cast a critical eye on.

Stop eating it out of the tub, if you're afraid you're eating too much of it! This isn't rocket science! Use it for cooking, and lick the spoon clean if you want to indulge. If you try hard enough, you can overeat any food in such a way that it interferes with whatever goals you may have.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 28, 2013
at 12:17 PM

also i dont need weight loss & i don't seem to gain weight no matter how high fat i go, hence me asking isit ok to eat loads of pure coco oil, i'll try & stick to the recommended 3 tblspn p/d though

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 28, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Well, that's only the abstract, and sadly I don't have access to pubmed articles currently. However, the study was on hamsters. This is important, as hamsters do not eat these fruits to begin with, let alone their refined oils. An interesting thing happend in the 40s with cows - they were fed coconut oil and lost weight. Some use this to say that coconut oil is fantastic for weight loss, but it's just as incorrect. While cows subsist primarily on fatty nutrients, they generate these fats from fibrous materials in their digestive organs.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on February 28, 2013
at 12:14 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10673913 thats one of the studies, ill try find the other i saw recently...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 28, 2013
at 02:49 PM

Having said all that, if you are eating or cooking with only 3 tbsp a day, I wouldn't worry about the amount -- that's fairly low compared to most here.

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