Hello My Friends. Yesterday I posted a new BLOG using Coconut Oil as a delicious ingredient to a smoothie within the Eat-Clean family. I received many questions about it having saturated fats, being a bad fat and the confusion over the ‘coconut oil craze.’ I get these questions all the time and thought I’d throw in my two cents today!
@DonnayinCalgary asked me on Twitter about mis-information her 19 year-old son received at school. Is coconut oil truly a bad fat?
This is antiquated thinking unfortunately. I am not surprised at all that schools are dispensing such outdated information regarding this food and many other Eat-Clean foods. I realize this is a general comment on my part and that many schools are exemplary in teaching more, but the disparity does exist. I feel bad that young people like Donna’s son have been tossed into the confusion but it is a perfect touchstone for a conversation. So let us begin.
Doctors contribute to nutritional confusion. Try to remember that most traditional doctors receive only 3 hours at best of nutritional information through their academic careers. Teachers receive none, other than what is mandated by curriculum or through government based Food Pyramids. Also remember that doctors told us margarine – which is a man made, heavily engineered fat – is good for us and it is most definitely NOT. They also told us, once upon a time, that sugar was an excellent source of energy. We haven’t seen the levels of heart disease and diabetes, to mention a few rampant diseases we are seeing now, since the introduction of these Frankenfoods.
However, current thinking shows that the fear of saturated fat is unfounded and mostly fostered by individuals who are not apprised of sound nutritional knowledge. Everything must be taken in context for a fuller understanding. Excellent work is being done in fields relating to Alzheimer’ and dementia and even AIDs with coconut oil at the helm, for it’s nutritional benefits.
I take my nutritional advice and knowledge from naturopathic doctors who receive a minimum of 402 hours of nutrition education over the course of their 4 year program, as well as from food revolutionaries like Miriam Nestle who wrote What to Eat and Paul Pitchford who wrote an amazing book called Whole Food and Nutrition, as well as from the Nutritional Therapy Association, of which I am a graduate.
For all the students and young people out there, I recommend further reading and ask that you challenge your teachers and yourselves for more in-depth information. Any teacher worth his/her salt will recognize the value of giving the right information to healthy, questioning minds – aided by consuming coconut oil, healthy for brain and heart of course!
Thank you for your intelligent questions. Let the conversation begin. Tosca
For Further Reading:
Books: What to Eat, by Miriam Nestle Healing with Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, by Udo Erasmus