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Press Release regarding AHA comments on Coconut Oil

Contact: Sandra Reynolds

Olive Destination

Phone (605) 271-2220


5023 S Louise Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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Olive Destination comments on recent American Heart Association report on Coconut Oil

Sioux Falls, SD, June 28, 2017: Olive Destination owner, Sandra Reynolds, was interested to see the American Heart Association’s recent pronouncement on saturated fat including coconut oil. It is reminiscent of the mid 70’s when the government went on a crusade to get all fat out our American diet. There was certainly solid evidence then and now that fats, especially many saturated fats, can be harmful to our body. However, at that time very little was known about the complexities of different fats and that some fats, like the fats in extra virgin olive oil, avocados, coconuts, etc. are actually good for our body.

Now these good fats are better understood and recommended by nutrition and health professionals as a critical part of a healthy diet.

“In the case of edible oils, as with fats in general, the devil is in the details” said Reynolds. “All edible oils are processed in some way. In the case of commercially available oils in large volumes oftentimes either added heat and/or added chemicals are used to process these oils, both of which can destroy, alter or obliterate any of the health benefits that were present in the original product.”

In the case of coconut oil there are long chain molecules and medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) present in coconut oil and they remain there if the oil is allowed to seep out of the meat over an extended time. Coconut oil is about 2/3 Medium Chain Fatty Acids. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits and Coconut oil is nature's richest source of these healthy MCT’s.

Most commercially available coconut oil is processed with heat to quickly harvest the oil. In so doing, the MCT’s are destroyed and only the long chain molecules are left, which are arguably the ones that are not good for the body. Reynolds also said “. . . as with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you must be able to trust the source of your oils to be able to know you are getting the real thing”

A few things to watch out for on the labels are: “cold pressed” vs. “cold processed”, ANH method, and “Extra Virgin” when buying Coconut Oil (as there is no such industry accepted definition of “Extra Virgin” related to Coconut Oil).