We hereby publish a statement that Coconut and Palm Kernel Oil are healthy copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday
The statement that ‘saturated fat can raise the level of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, which in turn, may clog the arteries’ is distorted, if not fraudulent, science. The bad (LDL) cholesterol does not contain saturated fat, it contains poly unsaturated fat and protein, See low density lipoprotein Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-density_lipoprotein: – Each LDL has a highly hydrophobic core consisting of polyunsaturated fatty acid . . . . . . . . . Hence, how does saturated fat and for that matter coconut oil get involved in the bad LDL?
I wish to take this opportunity to ask the American Heart Association to produce single evidence based on clinical or pathological study of a human or a mammal to show that saturated fat or coconut oil causes heart disease. However, there are thousands of clinical and pathological studies which indicate that unsaturated oils mediate in almost all the non-communicable diseases including autism, cancers, diabetes, headaches and menstrual pains.
The American Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) have produced a long list of significant health concerns relating to the intake of omega-3 poly unsaturated fatty acids. See https://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/95s0316/95s-0316-Rpt0272-38-Appendix-D-Reference-F-FDA-vol205.pdf. Further, unsaturated oils are known to contain trans- fatty acids which the WHO has blamed as the source of the non-communicable diseases. Ingested unsaturated oils produce free radicals in the body; hence medical personnel tend to recommend antioxidants, with little success, to prevent these oils from damaging the cells and tissues. Coconut oil does not contain trans- fatty acids.
Coconut oil is one of three edible oils i.e. organic mammalian butter, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, which all our global ancestors treasured as food and as part of medical protocols. The USFDA has approved extracts of these three oils for the treatment or management of many diseases including autism, epilepsy and HIV and as intravenous infusion for pre-mature babies.
The link http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31357438 also stated that in the 1970s and 80s, there was a big push away from saturated fats in the US and UK. Each of these two countries has her own agenda. The US normally hates to buy food from other countries; hence they create many different trade barriers against food from other countries. The UK, by 1970, had lost almost all their former colonial tropical countries that were encouraged to produce tropical saturated fats; hence the UK bore an umbrage or resentment against them.
In the context of the economy of coconut oil producing countries including Ghana and the current well researched and documented health benefits of coconut oil (http://coconutoil.com/big-pharma-and-mainstream-media-attack-coconut-oil-with-mis-information/), any article contrary to these facts is without merit and very damaging for which coconut farmers, coconut oil producers and coconut oil consumers would request an apology.
Source: Ghana News Agency