Over the past decade, many people have proclaimed the benefits of coconut oil for many uses, particularly in food products as it provides many healthy ingredients. However, despite being an excellent natural product that has a great deal of uses, it is not without its disadvantages.
What follows are the pros and cons of coconut oil so that you can make the best informed decision about how to use this product in your daily life.
The Pros of Coconut Oil
Antioxidants fight the free radicals in the body that causes premature aging in the skin, hair, and nails as well as the rest of the body. Consuming plenty of antioxidants will help you look younger and may even protect the body from certain types of cancer as well.
2. Helpful Fatty Acids
Some studies suggest that coconut oil has some excellent short and medium chain fatty acids that may provide good health benefits for the heart and circulatory system when taken in moderation. However, more research is needed to confirm if this is really true.
3. Overall Healthy Effects
While arguably not the most nutritious substance. There are enough healthy factors in coconut oil that it can be used in moderation in the body. However, this is true of many natural oils such as extra virgin olive oil which has many healthy benefits. The key however is moderation as taking in too much may have detrimental effects as well.
The Cons of Coconut Oil
Despite being a natural product and an excellent skin and hair oil that is used by women around the world, coconut oil has some definite shortcomings as a product that is to be consumed.
1. Saturated Fat
The amount of saturated fat in coconut oil is higher than butter and is considered a solid fat as well. Considering that there are no proteins or carbohydrates and just a few nutrients, coconut oil offers the body very little that it can use. Plus, the consumption of saturated fat will increase the risk of heart disease.
2. LDL Cholesterol
Studies have shown that coconut oil raises the LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the body thanks mostly to the saturated fats. For those who run the risk of heart disease, coconut oil is something to be avoided if at all possible.
Despite its widespread availability, coconut oils roughly twice as expensive as olive oil and does not have nearly the benefits. While extra virgin olive oil has many benefits to the body, coconut oil has very few and in most cases may only be consumed in small amounts in order to avoid causing negative effects to the body.
Overall, coconut oil is actually one of the worst of the plant-based oils that you can consume considering the very high amount of saturated fat and low nutritional value. However, as a product that is used externally on the hair and skin, coconut oil has proven to be of great value and is considered a very good product when used in that manner. Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to being consumed.