Coconut Milk: Friend or Foe???

I have talked many times with my clients about the fact that there is a lot of conflicting information in the “nutrition world” so to speak. Just yesterday, I was doing research on the Mediterranean Food Pyramid, created by Walter Willet of the Harvard School of Medicine, when I somehow stumbled across something that was downright shocking to me. I caught two Registered Dietitians from the esteemed Mayo Clinic, an internet health website which received a 2009 EHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Overall Internet Site, talking about how Full Fat Coconut Milk is “Artery Clogging”. This comment is just a downright disgrace to the whole nutrition industry because it gives people the false belief that coconut is high in fat and ultimately unhealthy. Anyone who mentions anything about coconut being unhealthy simply does not know what they are talking about.  Yes, it is true that coconut is extremely high in fat, about 50 percent of it is in the form of a medium chain saturated fat known as Lauric Acid and another 6-7 percent of fat known as Capric Acid.  Extensive scientific studies have illustrated the health promoting qualities of coconut, in ALL of it’s forms including the “supposedly” artery clogging full fat version. That’s right, the same fat that the Mayo Clinic health experts are calling “Artery Clogging”, is being promoted as a miracle food by many others. Accoding to Dr. Michael Murray, author of ” The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” and “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods”, two books that are frequently used as a standard of reference in many nutrition schools around the country, full fat coconut milk is a healthy option. Not only is Murray endorsing the full fat version, he RECOMMENDS  it over low fat coconut milk for the simple fact that much of the health promoting medium chain fats are removed in the low fat versions. What does this mean to you as a consumer? If you buy “low fat” coconut milk, as opposed to it’s full fat counterpart, you are buying  a product that has LESS nutritional value. If you would like to find out more information on the health benefits of full fat coconut milk, I highly encourage readers to pay a visit the website http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org. This website is a nonproft organization run under the direct supervision of Bruce Fife, N.D., who also is the author of 18 books including “Coconut Cures”, “Cooking with Coconut Flour”, “Coconut Lover’s Cookbook”, “Eat Fat Look Thin”, “Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil” and “Saturated Fat May Save Your Life”.  Needless to say, both the organization and the director know a “little” bit about the topic on hand. While the controversy of full fat coconut milk and largely the saturated fat in the product still exists , it once again brings into light the fact that Americas  are still very confused when it comes to fat. For more information related to the subject of fat, please go into the right sidebar where it says Browse By Category and use the drop down menu to choose Dietary Fat as a topic. This will take you directly to the “Dietary Fat Archives” where you can access more articles on the subject.   Remember, question everything you are told and never believe everything that you read. When in doubt, do the research yourself and you will soon find that there is often “Another” side to the story………….

***Special Note*** According to Dr. Mary Enig, an internationally renown expert on the topic of fat, claims that the review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils and, in fact, is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease. To read more click on the Weston A. Price Foundation Link located in the sidebar on the homepage under Blogroll. Then just click coconut oil into the search on the Price website and it will automatically take you to the article..

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One thought on “Coconut Milk: Friend or Foe???

  1. Gigi

    Hey Curt – my final project at Bauman was titled “Low Fat Diets: Friend or Foe? My new holy trinity of fats is olive oil, ghee and coconut oil. Thanks so much for evangalizing the benefits of coconut. There is much work to be done to undo the damage that the AHA has done by touting the supposed benefits of the PUFA oils (like canola, safflower etc). Hope you are having fun in NY – have you seen Emily?

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