Many of our Healthy Mummy recipes use oil as we believe incorporating healthy fats into our diet is positive for weight loss and weight management.
Deemed a superfood, coconut oil is known for it’s universal-use and weight loss properties, or so we thought…
The tropical smelling oil has come under some fire in a 50-minute German lecture called “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors,” where Karin Michels, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, argued that coconut oil is in fact NOT healthy, going as far as to call it “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat.”
Our Healthy Mummy nutritionist, Cheree, Sheldon says that yes coconut oil does contain high amounts of saturated fats, the fats aren’t all created equal.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that the body can use for sustainable, potent energy, unlike long chain fatty acids that are associated with negative health outcomes such as raised cholesterol and risk of heart disease.
However, according to Michels, coconut oil is more dangerous than lard because it almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries.
Business Insider reports that you can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard.
What are the alternatives?
This doesn’t necessarily mean to STOP using coconut oil altogether, Michels is simply saying that people were and are consuming coconut oil in excess due to its ‘superfood’ status.
According to Nutritionist & Physiologist, Ritesh Bawri, “The best cooking oil for weight loss is ghee or olive oil. Both have a high smoking point (the temperature at which it smokes) which makes them ideal for cooking.”
Extra virgin olive oil is a classic staple in most kitchens and for good reason, it contains modest amounts of Vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids. Extra virgin olive oil is also loaded with antioxidants!
See here what other oils are best to use in cooking for weight loss.
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