Originally Posted by funkey_monkey
Coconut seems to be high in sat fats - are these not bad fats? I though I should only aim for unsaturated fats?
No, the all sat fat is bad is a very dated idea, and its incorrect.
Basically, in the 50s they compared fat intake with heart disease. And found that USA had high fat consumption and high heart disease. Japan was low fat and low heart disease. The assumption was that fat is bad (which is now know is incorrect). But the study only used a few countries, when you use more countries the co-relation disappears.
USA's health problems are down to terrible diet and lifestyle in general, not specifically fat intake.
A later study show that sat fat sometimes increased cholesterol. So sat fat became the evil fat. But, we now know that there are two types of cholesterol. Increasing the total cholesterol can be beneficial if its the good kind, as this improves the ratio of good to bad. Some sat fats do this and are good for health.
Ironically, the anti-sat fat mentality led to the development of trans-fats. Which we now know are terrible for your health.
The sat fat in coconut is a good kind of sat fat. One of the best type of fat in general. As it has the biggest positive effect on cholesterol. It's called lauric acid
. Human Breast milk has 2 or 3 times the lauric acid compared to cows milk. It's probably a safe assumption that breast milk is v.healthy.