BBC cheers coconut oil


ALaPPUZHA: A study for the series Trust Me I’m a Doctor of BBC2 has had a surprising revelation: coconut oil can raise HDL or good cholesterol levels.

“The health claims that revolve around coconut oil are treated with great skepticism by scientists,” he says.

“On the other hand, saturated fats, which are especially bad for you, also tend to raise HDL,” good, “which has the opposite effect.It is possible that a particular food may raise cholesterol levels in general, but still -friendly. ”

The scientific community sees coconut oil as unhealthy fat, very high in saturated fats (86%), even more than butter (51%), which could increase LDL (low density lipoprotein).

The team of the BBC2 series with the help of Cambridge academics. Professor Kay-Tee Khaw and Professor Nita Forouhi recruited 94 volunteers, aged 50 to 75, with no history of diabetes or heart disease, and formed three groups for one trial.

Every day, for four weeks, each group was asked to eat the same amount of extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and unsalted butter.

When tested, coconut oil was not only compatible to stop the increase in LDL levels, but it also became a key element in increasing HDL by up to 15 percent.

While butter consumers saw an average increase in their LDL levels of around 10 percent, which was almost matched by a 5 percent increase in their HDL levels, those who consumed olive oil did not show a significant drop in LDL and a five percent increase in HDL.