Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A Fat Chance

The entry a couple of days ago regarding fat was a lot to digest. Here's a quick article that explains the health benefits of Coconut Oil and a quick 40-30-30 recipe for a morning shake to help begin a New Year with a better breakfast:

The Truth about Coconut Oil

With the help of poor research and lobbying from the seed industry, coconut oil was determined to be a strong contributor to heart disease since according to many health professionals and organizations “the saturated fat in coconut oil will clog arteries and lead to cardiovascular disease.” However, one only needs to look at the research to find that there appears to be no association between tropical oil intake and heart disease. This fact is highlighted by several studies of populations with a high intake of tropical oil (e.g., India, Polynesian and Indonesia) that have consistently found no association between the saturated fat found in tropical oils and cardiovascular disease.

In fact, some India health authorities believe that the replacing of the traditional cooking fats (e.g., coconut/palm oil) condemned to be atherogenic, with refined vegetable oils promoted as "heart-friendly" because of their polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) content has something to do with the rising trend of heart disease and diabetes in this population. The combination of the higher intake of omega-6 fat and oxidized oil is likely a contributing factor.

I urge you to follow the link and read the rest of the article.

Breakfast V.07
2/3 Cup Lite Coconut Milk
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
2.5 Oz. Orange Juice (or an additional 1/2 cup of blueberries)
1 Scoop (approx. 21 grams of Protein) of your favorite egg protein powder