We have banging on about the health benefits of coconut oil here at Global Foods & Provisions Ltd for some time now, so we were very pleased to read an article on the BBC News website by Dr Michael Mosley of Trust Me I`m A Doctor fame. In the article he talks about a trial he organised where they recruited 94 volunteers, aged 50 to 75, who had no history of heart disease or diabetes.
Study On Effects Of Coconut Oil, Olive Oil & Unsalted Butter
The volunteers were split up into 3 groups, one group was asked to eat 50 grams of extra virgin coconut oil on a daily basis for 4 weeks, a second group was asked to eat the same amount of olive oil per day and the third group was asked to eat 50 grams of unsalted butter per day.
The results surprised many people and here we will quote from the article re the results:
`So what happened? As expected the butter eaters saw an average rise in their LDL levels of about 10%, which was almost matched by a 5% rise in their HDL levels.
Those consuming olive oil saw a small reduction, albeit a non-significant drop, in LDL cholesterol, and a 5% rise in HDL. So olive oil lived up to its heart-friendly reputation.
But the big surprise was the coconut oil. Not only was there no rise in LDL levels, which was what we were expecting, but there was a particularly large rise in HDL, the “good” cholesterol, up by 15%
On the face of it that would suggest that the people consuming the coconut oil had actually reduced their risk of developing heart disease or stroke.`
Good As Opposed To Bad Cholesterol
Let us just explain that LDL stands for low density lipoprotein which is linked to increased risk of heart disease, whereas HDL stands for high density lipoprotein and is believed to be good cholesterol which is actually good for your heart.
It appears that the reason why coconut oil is so good for you and your heart is that the main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid which may have different biological impacts on blood lipids to other fatty acids. Of course there are still more studies to be done on coconut oil but the signs are very, very promising indeed.
As you may already know at Global Foods we produce our own brand of high quality, organic, extra virgin coconut oil, which is called Coconut Gold. So if you want to know what all the fuss is about then please get in touch to order this superb coconut oil, you will not be disappointed! For more details please give us a call on 0161 660 3380.