Did original South Sea Islanders have heart disease? Early explorers to the South Sea Islands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries described the islanders as being exceedingly strong, vigorously built, beautiful in body, and kindly disposed. The islanders gained a reputation for their beauty, excellent physical development and good health. It has long been observed that these people, and of Asia, whose diets are high in coconut are surprisingly free from cardiovascular disease.
Studies of islanders who eat high amounts of coconut oil have shown that coconut oil isn’t detrimental to health and doesn’t contribute to arteriosclerosis. These people have a nearly ideal body weight and appear to be examples of perfect health.
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Saturated fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease. High blood cholesterol is only one of many so-called risk factors associated with
. People who have heart disease don’t always have elevated cholesterol. Also, not all people who have elevated cholesterol have heart disease. Most people who have heart disease don’t have elevated cholesterol. Other risk factors associated with heart disease are high blood pressure, age, gender (being male), tobacco use, diabetes, obesity, stress, lack of exercise, insulin levels, and homocysteine levels, which is probably the most strongly associated with heart disease.
It’s a misnomer to use the term “artery-clogging saturated fat”. Saturated fats don’t end up as arterial plaque. It’s the poly- and monounsaturated fats that collect in arterial plaque because they’re easily oxidized. Vegetable oils are easily oxidized by over-processing and heating to high temperatures. To infer that only saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is grossly inaccurate and misleading. Cholesterol is made by cells throughout the body, particularly in the liver, from acetate (a small two-carbon compound), a substance derived in the break-down of sugars and fats, There’s a common myth that eating cholesterol causes cholesterol levels to rise, but the truth is that eating more sugar, starch, and most fat in excess of need can cause cholesterol levels to rise. Some 75 percent of our total cholesterol is made from these foods rather than from cholesterol intake per se. A rise in cholesterol levels has more to do with how much sugar and refined starch we eat. Criticism has been aimed at coconut oil primarily on the fact that coconut oil is a saturated fat and saturated fat is known to increase blood cholesterol. Numerous studies have clearly confirmed that coconut oil has a neutral effect on cholesterol levels. Why doesn’t coconut oil adversely affect cholesterol levels? Coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain fatty acids which are different from those commonly found in other food sources. These fatty acids aren’t converted into body fat or cholesterol to the degree other fats are because they’re almost immediately burned for energy production and therefore don’t affect blood cholesterol levels.
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In one study in the Philippines 10 medical students were given ratios of 1 to 1, 1 to 2, and 1 to 3 of animal fat to coconut oil and no significant change in cholesterol levels was observed. Only when the ratio was reversed and animal fat was greater than coconut oil, or the total fat calories reached 40 percent, was a significant increase in blood cholesterol observed. The study verified that coconut oil didn’t have a bad effect on cholesterol levels and even reduced the cholesterol-elevating effects of animal fat.
Another important factor that influences cardiovascular health is the blood’s tendency to form clots. When platelets stick to arterial walls, they can form dangerous clots. These clots can block blood flow and cause a stroke or heart attack. Some long-chain saturated fats found in beef fat, lard and butter increase platelet stickiness. Most polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils also promote clotting. All dietary oils, both saturated and unsaturated, with the exception of the omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed oil, fish oil, and the medium-chain fatty acids found in tropical oils ,increase platelet stickiness. By eating corn, safflower, soybean, cottonseed, canola, peanut and even olive oil you are increasing your risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack.
Illustrative Representation of a Human Heart
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