I’m not a nutritionist but I’d like to dispute just about every word there! For starters most of us know that the whole ‘five a day’ concept is severely flawed, we need probably more like ‘15 or 20 a day’ of 100 per cent natural fresh fruit and veg, but my take on it is if it actually is 100 per cent natural and preferably organic and seasonally locally grown too…then who’s counting ? As for Coconut flesh being ‘astonishingly high in saturated fat’ - don’t get me started !
I believe fats are vital for us and ‘good fats’ are not as villainous as the media would have us believe. Fats found in ‘real’ food are essential, (that’s 100 whole foods without processing) Even Olive oil, well documented to be a good ‘monounsaturated’ fat, is also 14 per cent ‘saturated fat’. The myth has arisen because most anti-fat arguments are really referring to ‘trans-fats’ or hydrogenated fats, the ones found in all processed foods, such as biscuits and pastries, I’m unsure if they even deserve the accolade ‘foods’ they are usually simply calorie dense products that offer little in the way of nutrition.
But let’s remind ourselves of the amazing nutritional benefits of coconut oil. Extra Virgin coconut oil (especially if its high cold pressed, one hundred per cent raw and organic such as the one I most recommend - Tiana Coconut oil), contains medium-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver and turned into energy straight away and not stored as fat, unlike all other types of saturated fat. They play a fundamental role in cleansing the body from toxins. Virgin coconut oil, specifically is ideal to purify the body and provide the energy required when less food is being consumed. It’s crucial to those who suffer from Candida or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as it’s completely free from sugar and other carbohydrates which efficiently starve all Candida in the system. It’s good for fixing all types of digestive problems and restoring healthy balance to the digestive system. Coconut Oil also contains high levels of Lauric acid, which has strong antiviral properties that can protect against and even destroy lipid-coated viruses like herpes and flu. (Lauric acid is one the main components of breast milk)
In her article Angela does acquiesce -
‘On the bright side, a high proportion of the saturated fats in coconut are medium chain triglycerides, which have the unusual benefits of increasing the amount of calories burnt off as heat- and therefore not laid down as fat, these triglycerides might not be quite as bad in terms of their artery clogging effects as other saturated fats either, although the jury is still out on this issue,’
Well the jury isn’t out as far as I’m concerned, I’m certain that if the coconut flesh is fresh it will do you no harm, as for coconut oil, it’s a superior culinary oil that is a brilliant alternative to cooking oils, is a fantastic dietary supplement, and due to the way it speeds up the metabolism it’s an excellent aid to weight loss.
Only buy the best. I use the Tiana Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - the only one that is certified fair trade. It’s also 100 per cent raw, free from GM, trans fats and cholesterol, its unrefined and non hydrogenated. Tiana also do excellent Gluten Free Organic Coconut Flour and the wondrous Premium Organic Raw Crystallised Coconut Nectar. I feel some yummy treats coming on and I won’t be limiting my amounts, or worrying about the calories. So there!
You can buy Tiana Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Holland and Barrett, Ocado
Or from www.tiana-coconut.com