Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coconut fat revisited

Laura Johannes, WSJ, Apr 1, 2014, writes that saturated fat from coconuts may be healthy.

It might even protect against Alzheimer's. ((In mice anyhow.)

But a spokesperson at the Dept of Ag says maybe in moderation--it's too soon to give it a thumbs-up.

Coconut oil has 12 gr of saturated fat per tablespoon--butter has 7. These are medium chain fatty acids--supposedly "better" than long chain.

South Pacific Islanders live on the stuff and have less heart disease. But they are also more active than Americans and eat a different diet. Plus, I think of many of them as being quite hefty.

I like coconut shampoo. What do you think? Like anything else, I am sure this can be overdone and turn into a big oopsie.

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