What's the Real Truth about Coconut Oil?
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What's the Real Truth about Coconut Oil?

I know nutrition can sometimes be confusing.

And when the American Heart Association put out a statement advising against coconut oil use, many people were just that... confused.

So why is the AHA attacking coconut oil? Primarily because it's a saturated fat and their claim is that coconut oil can raise LDL cholesterol, leading to higher overall cholesterol levels.

If you're not familiar with cholesterol lingo, LDL is what's considered "bad" cholesterol and HDL is what's considered "good" cholesterol. (A good way to remember that is LDL is what you want to LOWER, and HDL is the good and what you want HIGHER.)

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Yes, there have been studies that show coconut oil does have the ability to raise LDL cholesterol, but what the AHA didn't mention is the countless studies that show how incredibly effective coconut oil is at raising HDL cholesterol, providing a protective effect on cardiovascular disease.

Not only can coconut oil elevated good HDL cholesterol, it also has an increasing effect on metabolism, helping many people lose excess fat off their body. Dropping this excess fat is one of the best ways to protect your heart and decrease your risk of every getting cardiovascular disease.

In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, LDL is not a good predictor for heart disease risk. Instead, cholesterol ratio is a much better number to focus on.

"For predicting your risk of heart disease, many doctors now believe that determining your non-HDL cholesterol level may be more useful than calculating your cholesterol ratio. And either option appears to be a better risk predictor than your total cholesterol level or even your low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol level.

To calculate your cholesterol ratio, divide your high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol number into your total cholesterol number. An optimal ratio is less than 3.5-to-1. A higher ratio means a higher risk of heart disease." - Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.

What does this mean for you and me?

First, when the doctor shows you your blood test results, be sure he or she shows you not just your total cholesterol, but more importantly your good (HDL) cholesterol number and your cholesterol ratio.

Second, you and I do NOT need to ditch the coconut oil, nor do we have to blame coconut oil for causing high cholesterol or heart disease.

What is really to blame?

Hands down, the real culprit is INFLAMMATION.

In fact, Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, writes that inflammation is now recognized as the "underlying basis of a significant number of diseases." And that includes heart disease.

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When asked "What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation?" Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon who has performed over 5,000 open heart surgeries, states, "Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of Omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods."

Instead of blaming one food for causing disease, we need to dig deeper and tackle the root cause of the problem, and that root cause can almost always be tied back to inflammation in the body.

When inflammation is addressed using an eating strategy that focuses on clean whole foods and the right supplements, inflammation in the body decreases dramatically.

That's why the Beyond Diet meal plans have proven over and over again to dramatically decrease chronic inflammation in the body and, as a result, show a dramatic decrease in markers for heart disease and a long list of other diseases like type 2 diabetes and many forms of arthritis.

"My cholesterol was 207. Two weeks into Beyond Diet and using coconut oil, I had my blood work done. I wasn't expecting big results, but after only two weeks, my overall cholesterol was 154!" - Angela, a happy Beyond Diet member

"My husband went in for his check up and his doctor said 'whatever you're doing is working.' His bad cholesterol went way down and they cut his pills in half, and they might stop them altogether. We use coconut oil always and we enjoy all the recipes!!!!" - Brenda, another happy Beyond Diet member

How about you? Is your current eating plan one that decreases inflammation? If you're unsure, I'm here to help.

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Comments

Chrissy Mcdaniel
So my mom's cardiologist told her not to use coconut oil it can clog your arteries and damage your heart is this true?
Catherine Jaquin
Taking a bit of a turn,but still relevant for inflammation...After taking 1500mgs/day Turmeric,the obvious swelling in my arthritic knees were visibly gone after 2 weeks.Also,going gluten free has helped with knee,neck and lower back pain.I do still have pain so keep up with the updates for pain/inflammation.
Claudette Blais
I've been using coconut oil for most of my cooking and baking for the last 5 years. I was told by my doctor that I would have to take a cholesterol lowering drug if I don't get my levels down on diet alone 5 years ago. I still am not taking any medication for cholesterol and my doctor sais my levels are ok. Imagine that. He won't give me a copy of my #s though.
Phoebe Clutter
We've been using coconut oil in our household for many years. The determining factor for me was to simply look at the statistics on obesity and heart disease in countries where coconut oil has been a mainstay for centuries -- very low in comparison to the US!!
Deborah Kammerer
I went back on Beyond in March and I just had my cholesterol checked my HDL's are really high 127 but my LDL's are also somewhat high but when I did the ratio I was thrilled to see it was 0.486 so I am thrilled besides I lost the 10 lbs I wanted too. Continuing to eat the Beyond way and keeping it off. When you see the total numbers are high you get concerned but with my good guys so high I'm really not and neither is my doctor. Thank you so much for all the information that you continue to provide for us😀
Orietta C Reyes
I started the program specifically to lower my blood sugar. It was 103 and it freaked me out. In 6 months is was down to 88 and after a year 83. AND my good cholesterol went up and my bad went down. So...I am not worried at all about using coconut oil. It's working for me. It was nice to see my doctor so surprised at my new levels! Thanks BD.
Pamela Boltz
I think the issue is using coconut oil for everything, adding it to everything thinking it's a wonder food. Like all fats, it should be used in moderation. You shouldn't be eating 2 TBSP with a meal. We need to stop hyping it as a cure and understand how to use it moderately. This diet doesn't do that. It's "free" on the list. It shouldn't be. It should be treated like any other oil.
Kathryn  Anderson
Thank you! My husband was so against the coconut oil, but I use it anyway. Now he's a semi-believer!
Claudia Cazanas
I have used a variation of Beyond diet and Lose for now & forever! It is working for me!
Diana Vanriel
Great information. Thanks for sharing
Sandra Judy
Great to know. Thanks for the information. After talking with a dietitian and learning from your program I'm hoping to reduce my cholesterol levels. Due to losing my father to a heart attack and my mother dying of congestive heart failure I know I must get rid of the inflammation in my body. Thank you for all you do.
Barbara Silva piña
I went to the doctor and he said that I have the cholesterol as a child of 15, and this is for following the program!