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Julie Rosenberg, MD, is a pediatric oncologist and global healthcare leader with recognized expertise in drug development for patients with cancer and healthy cancer survivorship. As a 25 year cancer survivor herself, Dr. Rosenberg brings a unique perspective to her work that incorporates the principles of living yoga. Her first book, Beyond the Mat, has been endorsed by health and wellness, leadership and yoga experts as 'transformative', 'creative', and 'profound'.
An article in the New York times states that coconut oil is poison. To all consumers - Know your facts!
1. Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts.
2. Because of its high saturated fat content, many organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association and the World Health Organization suggest limiting or to avoid use.
3. The artery-clogging – and therefore most damaging – fatty acid is saturated fat. Coconut oil is 99% fat - of this, 92% is saturated fat.
4. Dietary saturated fat should be limited to 7 - 10% of daily calories.
5. Is coconut oil poison? Absolutely NOT! As a yogi and a physician focused on health optimization, you should be aware that coconut oil is utilized in the teachings of Ayurveda for thousands of years. Coconut oil internally and externally moisturizes your skin - think “fountain of youth”! lt is an important base ingredient for the manufacture of soap and in hair grooming products. It's also a natural mosquito repellant.
6. I suggest using coconut oil sparingly for cooking. Persistent consumption of coconut oil may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly via an increase in blood cholesterol and it may also promote promote weight gain. However, there are limited number of interventional, fully powered studies available to answer the question as to whether or not coconut oil is really causative in cardiovascular disease. The bottom line - we really don't know.
7. Coconut oil is often found in baked goods and popcorn at the movies is often popped with coconut oil to enhance flavor, it is NOT necessary to ‘cold turkey’ all foods that have coconut oil.
8. Consumers should always be aware of what they are eating and understand the FACTS, not the HYPE. On an ongoing basis, consumption of oils low in saturated fat such as avocado oil, canola oil and olive oil are advisable.