coconut oilAccording to USA Today and other mainstream outlets now, coconut oil is just terrible for you. So saith the American Heart Association.

Except that they didn’t really.

What they said was what they’ve been saying for decades: the same old bad advice about lowering your risk of heart disease by replacing saturated fats with mono- and polyunsaturated fats. More, they now insist that doing so “lowers cardiovascular disease risk as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.”

Well, that’s a bit of a leap.

Anyhow, since news of the current advisory ran, there’s been a lot of great commentary – from conventional and holistic quarters alike – on just how flawed and problem-riddled it is. Rather than rehash, we thought it better to just point you to the top five critiques we’ve seen so far.

  1. Please Calm Down: Coconut Oil Is Fine (Gizmodo)

  2. In Defense of Coconut Oil: Rebuttal to USA Today (GreenMedInfo)

  3. Vegetable Oils, (Francis) Bacon, Bing Crosby, and the AHA (MedPage Today)

  4. Why Coconut Oil Won’t Kill You, But Listening to the American Heart Association Might (Sustainable Dish)

  5. Is Coconut Oil Deadly? (The Drs Wolfson)

If you only have time for one of these, we recommend #3 – a searing essay by an expert in the fat and diet-heart hypothesis wars, Gary Taubes.

Have you read other critiques of the AHA paper that you think should be included here? Share the links in the comments!

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