I realize fake news has been in the political headlines for months now, but if you follow the world of nutrition, fake news has been going on for decades.
Big Food and Big Pharma love to generate fake news. The whole strategy behind it is to create doubt in the minds of consumers. The best way to do that is to publish negative, biased, and unproven research about herbs, nutrients, or even foods. The American public still buys into the idea that the written word is truth and if it’s on the evening news – its gospel.
They’ve used this system to destroy the sales of ginkgo, kava and St. John’s Wort. Now they are going after coconut oil.
USA Today published an article blasting coconut oil because it is a saturated fat and raises cholesterol. They promoted the use vegetable oils such as corn, soy, sunflower and canola.
Yes – coconut oil is saturated and raises cholesterol. I’ve experienced this myself. I was eating a whole tablespoon of coconut oil every morning for a month and my cholesterol went up. It went up because I nearly doubled my HDL, which is considered the good cholesterol and it actually gave me a much better heart profile than before.
This is one of the reasons coconut oil is now being attacked. It works very well in place of most cholesterol drugs, possibly making them obsolete for a majority of people using them. If you make the switch from vegetable oil to coconut, stop eating sugar and refined carbs, you’ll probably und up with a great cholesterol profile. As an added bonus, you’ll have more energy and feel great. Unlike the things you would be experiencing on heart medication.
So now the American Heart Association is pushing vegetable oil again, going over the same failed idea from the seventies. This same old idea helped push heart disease into the #1 killer in America. Why is that? It’s because of advertising dollars from Big Food and Big Pharma.
Fake news isn’t anything new to me. I learned to read when I was four, and then learned again when I was thirty-five. At four, I just learned how to read words. At thirty-five I learned how to read between the lines.
I think I’ll go eat some coconut oil – right off the spoon!