Saturated fats have hit the headlines this week after experts reveal the truth behind the saturated fat myth.
Indeed, the team at Coconoil got somewhat excited yesterday because we have long preached that certain saturated fats are good for your health.
Dr Malhotra, a cardiology registrar at Croydon University Hospital told the BBC: “The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades.”
Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Malhortra argues that saturated fats have been “demonised” since 1970 and that cutting sugar out of our diets should be a far greater priority.
“The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“A recent study indicated that 75 per cent of acute heart attack patients have normal cholesterol concentrations, suggesting that cholesterol levels are not the real problem.”
It is the Medium Chain Triglycerides, or medium chain fatty acids, in virgin coconut oil which give it many of its unique health benefits and which distinguish it from the fats found in meat and vegetable oils.
Medium chain fatty acids are rapidly absorbed in the digestive system, carried by the portal vein to the liver where they are oxidised, thereby producing energy rather than being stored as fat.