Wednesday Wisdom: Do these pants make me look fat? And other fat lies.

Scanning through radio stations (am I the only one that still does this?), I heard something about coffee. With my attention piqued, I left the station be. Apparently there is recent report that said something to the effect of drinking 1-3 cups a day reduces your risk for a host of diseases like stroke and cancer. You can read it here. However, the thing that really caught my ear were the recommendations for what to put in your coffee.

Someone called in with essentially their bulletproof recipe of blending coffee, butter, and coconut oil. The DJ immediately responded with, "well that takes away all of the health benefits right there, not to mention will make you fat."

Rewind. What?

Um, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore! 

It's official, I live in my own little Paleo bubble. 

I wanted to call in to say, "you think those 4 packets of sugar are better than a tbsp of butter in your coffee, blah, blah, blah."

Luckily for me, I arrived at BART, trading these dirty little thoughts for other dirty little thoughts about my ecstatic love affair with this ancient silver bullet that transports me to San Francisco. (just to be safe, since you can't see my face, enter as much sarcasm here as necessary). 

Okay, so where y'all at? Who read the most recent claims from the American Heart Association (AHA) about coconut oil being bad, bad, bad, and recommending polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as corn, canola, and soy as good, good, good?

Rewind. What?

Um, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore! 

What is happening to our country?

Obviously, and despite my naivety, not everyone is on the health wagon with me. 

I'm no doctor but last time I checked, the AHA also approves cocoa puffs as a nutritious staple in your diet. So, why the debacle?

For the full recap, you can read the reports and responses from Dr. David Perlmutter, author of The Grain Brain; biohacker Dave AspryDr. Hyman; read 21 arguments for and against coconut oil; and a couple of articles from the Observer; watch a panel discussion about the benefits of coconut oil with Robb Wolf, Gary Taubes, and others; and read a blog post from Liz Wolfe written in 2013 about the "demonization of saturated fat and cholesterol." 

Of course there are plenty more articles to agonize over, but this is a great start to help you formulate your own decision and path to take with coconut oil.

For me and my household, unless our bodies utterly reject coconut someday, I will not take it out of our diets. Back in 2011 as a newlywed, I remember walking up the steepest part of Madison Street from downtown Seattle to our little 1br apartment reading the Coconut Oil Miracle. It was mind-blowing and life changing.

Bottom line:

  • not all saturated fat is bad for you, especially the “good fats” in coconut oil - medium chain triglycerides
  • our body needs cholesterol, and is a fundamental component of every cell of our body. We need to know the difference between our personal LDL and HDL.