Before you start looking for a butter substitute or a replacement for the milk in your coffee, you might want to refrain from snagging some coconut oil, as tempting as it sounds.
As it turns out, one of the world's most depressing studies — in addition to the one about negative side effects of white wine — will ruin your day by letting you know that coconut oil is, in fact, unhealthy.
What a way to start the week, huh?
“I just don't know who is pushing it, but it's not scientists," Frank Sacks, heart disease specialist at Harvard School of Public Health said in a statement about our beloved oil. "It may be driven by manufacturers looking to profit, or some countries' economic dependence on coconut oils."
The American Heart Association delivered the news no one wanted to hear when it said coconut oil is 82 percent saturated fat and is capable of raising "bad" cholesterol levels the same way butter, beef fat, and palm oil do.
Saturated fat raises low density lipoprotein (LDL), which is the main cause the hardening and/or clogging of arteries leading to cardiovascular issues.
A study was released three years ago, saying the saturated fats you consume do not affect your risk for heart disease, which caused the need for further research. We know it's a huge bummer, but it's best to know what you're putting into your body before you make it a routine.
If you're in need of a substitute oil, have a look at canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, or sunflower oil.
So maybe there was some bad news about coconut oil's saturated fat, but a little moisturizer on your legs or a natural substitute for makeup remover might be better alternatives.
Cheer up, ladies and gents. We'll get through this together.