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Coconut Oil Intake Is Unhealthy Warns Dietitians At AHA

The research of the AHA (American Heart Association) stated that coconut oil is not healthy, so dietitians are urging people to avoid consuming it. Coconut oil is having over 80% saturated fat, which is far more than butter (63%), beef fat (50%), and pork lard (39%), according to the AHA. In a past advisory, the AHA said coconut oil has “no known positive effects to counterbalance” that actually could increase LDL (bad cholesterol), which is a cause of cardiovascular disease.

The information was not precisely new, but it did start a discussion regarding coconut oil, which in the latest years has been advertised as a health food and even an answer for weight loss in some circumstances. Ginger Hultin—a registered dietitian and representative for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—told to USA Today that she still does not recommend people to add coconut oil in their diets but asserts a small amount should not harm. By small, she means less than a tablespoon per day. A tablespoon of coconut oil is equivalent to the number of saturated fat grown-ups should consume in 1 Day, as per to AHA recommendations. Most of the medical professionals suggest instead reach for oils that are high in monounsaturated fats (such as avocado oil and olive oil) and high in polyunsaturated fats (such as canola oil).

On a similar note, recently, the AHA stated that thyroid problems are associated with worsening of heart failure. Now, the latest study from scientists at the University of Pennsylvania illustrates two thyroid disorders, low T3 syndrome and subclinical hypothyroidism, may make heart failure worse. Dr. Anne Cappola—Senior Author of the research, published in the AHA journal Circulation: Heart Failure—stated that the discovery is put forward for people who may be benefitted from thyroid treatment who are not getting treatment right now.