The ever well read Chris Kresser recently published a rebuttal to the recent American Heart Association (AHA) claims that both coconut oil and saturated fat are unhealthy. Chris went through the literature and the claims by the AHA and debunked the message along with showing clearly that they were cherry picking the results by only citing 4 of the 17 available studies on the topic. Of most significant note is the four studies the AHA claimed to be the best were published in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1979 and that there were not other definitive studies published since which is false.
Chris also points out sadly the industry influence on the AHA as they receive funding from giants like Nestle, Coca Cola, The sugar association and more. Even more important is that he clarifies the difference between statistical significance and clinical significance. We cannot rely on statistical significance to guide our clinical decisions and recommendations and should rely on true clinical significance to do so.
Studies on Coconut Oil have shown its numerous benefits to include:
- Improvements in blood lipid profile
- Reduces weight circumference
- It is anti-inflammatory
- It is antimicrobial
- May protect against Alzheimers and much more.
To read Chris’s fab article with full references and links click here.