It is well known by the industry of nutrition and food supplements, that many foods and alternatives that are beginning to be commercialized are not so healthy for the organism, either because they do not fulfill the functions that they promise, or because they contribute a nutritional deficit that, in some way or another and with its benefits and cons, are achieved in “traditional” foods.
In these food scandals, recently coconut oil was involved, just at the moment when articles began to be published on the Internet, with accompanying tests, of how risky it was to consume this product and replace it with the cooking oil that has always been used.
According to these publications, coconut oil has many more saturated fats than pure margarine and pork fat, which is to say a lot in the first place. With outraged amateurs and the market of this product discredited, even a study revealed that 7 out of 10 people maintain that this oil is less harmful to the body.
It is at this point that it is worth asking: How did coconut oil get the reputation of being advantageous for health?
Everything goes back to 2003, when Professor Marie Pierre St. Onge, from Columbia University, published a couple of articles talking about the properties and healthy fats that coconut oil provided. These advantages involved the medium chain fatty acids, a molecule present in it that, consumed regularly, can lower the levels of cholesterol and fat in the body.
To test this theory, people were tested. These were fed for a month with foods rich in medium chain fatty acids, proving that the theory was true.
However, coconut oil only contributes 14% of this molecule, while the aforementioned individuals were fed a one hundred percent diet composed of medium chain fatty acids. This is how doctors and nutrition specialists talk about a food fraud.
The rapid popularization of this oil, and its rise in the market, was what really contributed to its success, and although the rest of its properties are not denied, the fact is that as a substitute for other fats it does not work, and it can even reach to unbalance body levels, including blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol.