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Debunking Coconut Oil Myths

The rotten edifice of the food pyramid has been toppled, but there are still a few holdouts that need to get their facts straight. Over the course of the last several decades, healthy fats have had their good name besmirched by dieticians and doctors alike. Fortunately, the tired canards and misinformation parroted about good fats have been roundly debunked by cutting edge nutritional science. 

Apparently, Health Line is unaware that there has been a revolution in nutritional science. They interviewed the co-chair of the American College of Cardiology and he unleashed a tirade against coconut oil that is completely at odds with the facts. 

Consider for a moment the regions of the world where coconut oil is a dietary staple. It's clear there's a difference, medically speaking, between the inhabitants of those areas and those of the so-called "enlightened" first-world countries. 

The coconut is a dietary staple for Polynesian populations such as those in Tokelau and Pukapuka. A study examined their high saturated fat intake. Researchers found that vascular disease is uncommon in both populations and there is no evidence of the high saturated fat intake having a harmful effect.

Another study focused on the Kitevan people in New Guinea, whose coconut heavy diet is untarnished by the food habits of the Western world. None of the study subjects reported arterial disease, stroke, sudden death, weakness, brain diseases or chest pain related to heavy lifting. 

The obvious conclusion is that rather than being sick, weak and diseased, these populations have benefited from a healthful diet anchored by healthy fats. We would be wise to follow their lead and I recommend my nutrition plan as an excellent starting point. It has been crafted to help beginners and experts alike. The foundation of this plan is to avoid all processed foods. Instead you should consume only nourishing whole foods.
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