(NaturalNews) Super models aren't exactly known for their healthy habits. But while some may resort to street drugs or diet pills to stay thin, other models know that if their body is going to keep working for them, they need to invest in their health. Miranda Kerr attributes her sexy curves and luminous skin to what she considers a healthy habit: eating coconut oil every day. But doctors say she could be killing herself.
Despite the fact that coconut oil has been shown to slim down your waistline, regulate blood sugar levels and combat illnesses like pneumonia, many medical doctors still hold on to their archaic beliefs that coconut oil will cause you to drop dead from a heart attack. They claim that because coconut oil is made mostly of saturated fatty acids, it will raise LDL cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease - in spite of the fact that research has shown coconut oil actually improves your cholesterol profile!
Numerous native populations in tropical regions have used coconut and its derivatives in their diet for centuries, and yet these people have had remarkably low rates of heart disease. As modern foods continue to encroach upon their traditional diets, however, heart disease is slowly on the rise. Could it be that modern industrial foods like refined vegetable oils, white flour, refined sweeteners and chemical additives are more dangerous to our heart health than natural, traditional foods like coconut oil? Absolutely.
Coconut oil's fatty acids are actually what makes it so incredibly healthy. Special medium-chain saturated fatty acids like caprylic acid and lauric acid have potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. These properties give your body's immune system a boost by fighting infection, and they also help to maintain a healthy balance of flora in your gut by killing off candida overgrowth. Benefits like these can translate to improved energy, glowing skin, healthy hair and much more.
The medical community needs to revise their overdone mantra of "artery-clogging-saturated-fats" and to realize the healing power of traditional fats like coconut oil. And while we probably don't need to be taking nutritional advice from every super model, Miranda Kerr certainly seems to be onto something with coconut oil.
About the author: Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more: www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2009/10/welco...
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