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    I had dinner at a coworkers house the other day who happens to be Indian. He said that coconut oil is bad for you and that people in India have a history of heart disease that can be correlated to high consumption of coconut oil. They said that their main source of fat was coconut oil and ghee. He said that they have been using coconut oil and ghee since the 60s and yet they have high amounts of heart disease. With the modern use of vegetable oils, that number increased exponentially.

    Could it be that the statistics are flawed and coconut oil actually causes heart disease?
    Last edited by mwok86; 03-22-2011, 11:39 AM.

  • #2
    Only if it was partially hydrogenated coconut oil, the saturated natural kind is the stuff. There are numerous examples of native peoples eating copious amounts of coconut products and thriving.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/di...R_HP_LO_MST_FB

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    • #3
      People in India eat a lot of carbs.

      I don't know what type of coconut oil they use.

      Until your friend can provide more detailed info, I'm sticking with my unrefined, virgin organic coconut oil.

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      • #4
        I'd say the first culprit could be lentils.
        "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
        J. Stanton

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        • #5
          Dude, don't lay this crap on me, you'll make me stab my computer monitor! That's all right, we can still be friends, but it was a rocky start to say the least.

          Correlation.......... is that causation? Like if I have a statistical association between two things.....does that mean that one causes the other? Unbelievable. I think I'm going to cry.

          What about too little meat? Vegetarian Indians more likely to suffer heart disease--study | TheMedGuru

          Now if we're not going to be completely and utterly docile we should probably take a look at a population who have a massive intake of coconut fat and see if they have much heart disease. Because if they don't, then we really have little grounds to say that coconut oil causes heart disease.

          Exhibit A: Tokelau Whole Health Source: Tropical Plant Fats: Coconut Oil, Part I

          They ate tons of coconut fat, had little heart disease, and then started eating less fat and got more heart-disease. This is well-documented.

          First two sections of Good Calories Bad Calories. Read 'em.

          And here is stuff: Healthy Diets And Science: Saturated Fat and Heart Disease
          Last edited by Stabby; 03-22-2011, 12:19 PM.
          Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

          Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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          • #6
            This is assuming that dietary fat is the cause of heart disease.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AuH2Ogirl View Post
              This is assuming that dietary fat is the cause of heart disease.
              Ding ding ding and more much succinctly. The Indians do things A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z, and they have heart disease. Therefore, it must be J's fault! Why? Just look at how suspicious J looks what with that curl at the end. What's he up to? Causing us atherosclerosis no doubt. oooooo I sure do hate J.
              Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

              Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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              • #8
                they did not start eating ghee and coconut oil in the 60's!!! they ate them since millenia!!! (the indians, that is...unless he was referring to someone ther than indians) then when they started eating more vegetable oils they got heart trouble.

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                • #9
                  WHAT STABBY SAID PLUS.....

                  really, make your own choice and dont believe everything you read/hear/see etc... youll become a flippin OCD-er
                  Get on my Level
                  http://malpaz.wordpress.com/

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                  • #10
                    If coconut oil is bad then I don't want to be right. :P

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                      Ding ding ding and more much succinctly. The Indians do things A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z, and they have heart disease. Therefore, it must be J's fault! Why? Just look at how suspicious J looks what with that curl at the end. What's he up to? Causing us atherosclerosis no doubt. oooooo I sure do hate J.
                      I'm sorry... *hides head in shame*

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                      • #12
                        You and all the other J's best skip town before sunset.
                        Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                        Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                        • #13
                          No doubt CW from the west is creeping in.
                          This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                          Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                          Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stabby View Post
                            Ding ding ding and more much succinctly. The Indians do things A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z, and they have heart disease. Therefore, it must be J's fault! Why? Just look at how suspicious J looks what with that curl at the end. What's he up to? Causing us atherosclerosis no doubt. oooooo I sure do hate J.
                            I kind of like it when you get all riled up.

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                            • #15
                              I work with Indians and it astounds me the amount of bread they eat , they have a little bowl of whatever curry they may be eating , and a huge pile of flatbread .....and it always goes that they run out of bread before curry .....
                              http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paleo-...43036789093004

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