Over the last few years, we have noticed some increased interest and excitement around incorporating saturated fat into our diets, especially with bulletproof coffee.
For those that don’t know, the generic term for bulletproof coffee is coffee blended with either grass-fed butter, coconut oil/MCT oil or both.
We find this very concerning from a health perspective.
We want to point out that we do not recommend a low-fat diet. In fact, we like a diet that has 30 percent of its calories from fat. We just like these calories to come from heart healthy monounsaturated fat. Evidence has been found that monounsaturated fats like those found in olive oil, avocado and almonds may reduce cardiovascular disease.
Saturated fat is another story. There is substantial evidence that saturated fat contributes to cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association has been suggesting this for years. Recent studies have shown the negative effects of coconut oil on LDL (the unhealthy type) of cholesterol which prompted the American Heart Association to put out a warning against excessive use of coconut oil.
Polyunsaturated fat is another challenging fat. Excess consumptions of omega 6 fatty acids (the kind in soybean or corn oil) have been shown to increase systemic inflammation. There is mounting evidence that inflammation is strongly associated with numerous diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, we recommend against consumption of most vegetable oils except olive oil.
There have been several “authorities” (generally non-medical professionals) that recommend changing vegetable oil for coconut oil. We do not have an opinion on that as we believe further studies need to be performed.
All is not completely bad with coconut oil. It can be an excellent moisturizer for the hair and skin. It can be used at high temperatures. It may be a better option for cooking than butter.
Obviously, we suggest asking your physician or cardiologist to make your dietary recommendations.
However, since everything we do is about fitness, health and wellness, we prefer to avoid saturated fats and replace them with olive oil.