Every time we cover research indicating thatÂ fat hurts your body, the immediate response is, â€œWhat about coconut oil?â€ Now, we have a great answer for you: Yes, itÂ isÂ a better option than the fats youâ€™ll usually find lurking in processed food, according toÂ University of California, RiversideÂ researchers.
The researchers found that, compared to mice fed a high-fat diet based on coconut oil, mice fed a high-fat diet based on soybean oil gained more weight, had larger fat deposits and had increased instances of fatty liver with signs of injury, diabetes and insulin resistance. In fact, the mice on theÂ soybean oil diet gained 25 percent more weight than the mice on theÂ coconut oil diet did.
Previous research found similar negative health responses with corn oil.
This stands against a lot of the research that condemns saturated fats (like coconut oil) and hails polyunsaturated fats (like vegetable or soybean oils). In the 1960s, research that correlated saturated fat consumption with heart disease led to dietary guidelines that led to major increases in soybean oil consumption and now 60 percent of the edible oil consumed in the U.S. is soybean oil. However, the researchers point out that saturated fats from animal product have longer chain length than coconut oil, which could explain why we see the same cardiovascular disease with coconut oil as we do with fatty meats and cheeses.
â€œSince the 1950s, global production of this â€˜king beanâ€™ has skyrocketed, increasing 15 times over,â€ says Jayson Calton, PhD, one of the authors ofÂ The Mirconturient Miracle. â€œSoybean oil, often listed as vegetable oil on labels, makes up 27 percent of the worldwide oil production, making it one of the most common forms of oil at the dinner table.â€
â€œThere seems to be a ton of oils, margarines, and shortenings claiming to be healthy alternatives to saturated fats, such as butter, ghee, lard, tallow, duck fat, cream, palm oilÂ and coconut oil,â€ adds Mira Calton, CN, the other author ofÂ The Mirconturient Miracle. â€œWell, we are here to tell you that with the exception of the sparing use of organic extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, flaxseed oil and chia oil, none of them are included in the Micronutrient Miracle plan.â€
One aspect that the researchers didnâ€™t evaluate was the fact that most soybean oil comes from GMO soy.
â€œAccording to 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, 94 percent of the U.S. soy produced is genetically modifiedâ€ adds Jayson. â€œWe donâ€™t just avoidÂ crops because of the lack of long-term safety data. We also dodge them because they are mineral deficient due to being sprayed with dangerous glyphosate, aka Roundup.â€
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