I had a conversation with a friend recently. She told me that her doctor told her to stay away from coconut oil. He claimed it was one of the worst, if not the worst, oil humans could eat.
I remember the coconut oil (and red palm oil) avoidance marketing efforts of the mid-to-late 80’s. Because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it was assumed that it was harmful to your heart. This was assumed to be a fact, even though no testing was ever done.
It’s a case of ‘follow the money.’ If you dive into the history surrounding the health industry at that time you will see the literature telling us to avoid coconut oil. The problem was that the substitute for coconut oil was much worse for your heart health. But, many companies made a lot of money.
I find it difficult to believe that any doctor, in 2017, still believes the myth that coconut oil is harmful to our health, especially heart health. Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride. It has dozens of substantiated health benefits.
This past week I was working on my pool – converting it from the winter dormancy to summertime usage. I spent more than a few hours in the sun unprotected. I don’t mind spending a little time in the sun unprotected. I prefer not to use sunblock – another health concern.
I spent too much time in the sun (especially with cloudy skies) over three days and sunburned the back of my neck, my ears, and my arms/hands. I used coconut oil several times a day to counter the sunburn. There was no burning sensation, swelling or other sunburn related symptoms on any sunburned parts of my body. I’ve become a bit of a sunburn expert being a redhead.
I’ve used it in the past and the results were great. No peeling of sunburned skin. Easy to sleep at night. Able to tolerate hot water (shower) easily. It’s not your typical health remedy, but there are almost too many to list. Google coconut oil and health and you’ll be surprised if you don’t already know about them.
Our medical industry is trained and rarely has a chance to get updated on new data, especially in the health and wellness fields. They specialize and concentrate their personal improvement on their fields of study. I believe we should take a proactive interest in our own health.
We have choices and our own health and wellness should be near the top of the list.