Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Oh boy! When I saw the USA Today article titled, “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy,” I thought to myself, “Here we go again. Yet another food industry or big pharma-sponsored research study meant to keep flooding their pockets at the expense of our health.” Yes, I realize these are strong words and I stand by them.

First, a little history on my education, experience and position with regards to scientific research studies. During my Functional Nutrition training we had an entire class dedicated to this very topic called, “Intro to Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Nutritional Therapy.” Through this class I came to learn three very important things:

  1. Studies are open to interpretation.
  2. Science can not “prove” anything. It can only “disprove” ideas. Click here for more misconceptions about science.
  3. Private corporations pay for up to 75% of all studies.

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Not All Calories Are Equal

By Joel Wasmann, blogger of By the Handful

Isn’t it just calories in/calories out? Nope!

We have had a complicated, if not downright obsessive relationship with the word calorie for a long time, but not all calories are equal. It seems to be the focus of many diet programs and even the primary concern for increasing one’s health and losing weight as calories are reduced. There is no doubt that a calorie (really just an arbitrary measurement of energy) does affect our metabolism and therefore our body’s ability to maintain, lose or gain weight. If you dramatically reduce or increase your caloric intake for any length of time given the same level of activity, your weight will likely reflect this dietary change. Unfortunately, it is all too common to find people, especially those trying to lose weight, eating foods with less calories and also much less nutrition. This is not a path to long term health.

Introducing: nutrient dense calories.

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