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From: Michael Druhm (
Subject:         conflicting stories
Date: March 11, 2011 at 6:53 am PST

I would really like to know if anyone has some input on a very
gray area........ that being the use of coconut oil on a
limited basis (sauteing, popcorn, etc. ) Apparently, some
noted lipid specialists have said that this oil CANNOT cause
arterial problems due to its chemical nature( being a middle
chain fatty acid) Here is a quote from one study :
"The reason why coconut oil cannot be atherogenic is basic.
Coco oil consists predominantly of 65% medium chain fatty
acids (MCFA) and MCFAs are metabolized rapidly in the liver to
energy and do not participate in the biosynthesis and
transport of cholesterol. Coconut oil, in fact, tends to raise
the HDL and lower the LDL:HDL ratio.Coco oil is not deposited
in adipose tissues and therefore does not lead to obesity. It
is primarily an energy supplier and as fast a supplier of
energy as sugar. MCFAs therefore differ in their metabolism
from all the long chain fatty acids, whether saturated or
unsaturated." There are many health sites on the web
explaining why people still fear coconut oil......even Dr .
Esselstyn recommending to avoid it. Now who is right..... some
noted doctors or the actual lipid chemists and researchers?
This is quite a dilemna in chosing if this product would
impact a vegan no oil lifestyle !

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