It is a common misconception that coconut contains cholesterol. Tied into that misconception is also the idea that adding coconut to your diet increases cholesterol in the body, therefore making it a danger to public health. Well, it is good to know that cholesterol cannot be found in any plant and therefore any coconut product including desiccated coconut, coconut milk powder, Banana Chips or coconut oil contains no cholesterol.

People also fear that adding desiccated coconut or coconut milk powder to their diet, eating banana chips, frying or cooking with coconut oil leads to an increase in body cholesterol. As mentioned above, our products, which are all manufactured from natural coconuts, does not contain cholesterol. Living examples of this fact are that certain people, such as Filipinos, Sri Lankans and Polynesians, who use high quantities of coconut in their diet do not have high serum cholesterol in their systems.

In line with this erroneous thinking about cholesterol, many believe that a truly healthy human body does not contain and absolutely does not need cholesterol. This is false. Whether or not we eat foods high in cholesterol, our bodies still contain cholesterol in our system. This is because cholesterol – the good kind – is an essential constituent of all the cells of our bodies. Nobody put it into words best than Kavanagh when he wrote in his book Take Heart, “we really don’t need cholesterol in our diet, since our body can manufacture its own.”

To help in relieving all this nonsense from our minds about cholesterol, we must all know that there are two kinds of cholesterol present in any average body; the “good” kind and the “bad” kind. Cholesterol is a lipid or fatty substance that does not dissolve in water or blood. It has to be transported through the blood by specialized proteins called lipoproteins which vary in both size and density. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) carry the cholesterol from the liver, where it is formed, to the different cells of the body. From there, cholesterol is used to make steroid hormones, bile salts and cell membranes. The excess cholesterol from this transport may be deposited in arterial plaques and this is when the term “bad” is applied to the cholesterol in LDL. This same cholesterol deposit in tissues is slowly carried by high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to the liver for excretion in the bile. Since this cholesterol in HDL is on the way out, it has been called “good”.

Just as there is good and bad cholesterol, there are also good and bad oils. One such good oil is that extracted from and made from coconuts – coconut oil. Coconut oil is chemically composed of 69% medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which are classified as saturated fatty acids. Now you are probably thinking that what has all this medical and technical mumbo jumbo have to do with you? Well upon absorption of the body, MCTs are rapidly transported to the liver to be quickly converted into energy for the body. Remember that part mentioned above about the “good” cholesterol? MCTs contained within coconut oil not only do not increase cholesterol, but they also help in maintaining the balance of good cholesterol in the system.

According to Dr. Henry Heimlich, the very same person that pioneered that Heimlich maneuver, there are numerous other facts we should know and should now take to heart about coconut oil. One of them is that coconut oil is less likely to cause obesity to those who use it regularly. The cause of this is that the human body easily converts coconut oil into energy rather than depositing the calories as body fat. Yet another important fact to take note of is that coconut oil has properties and components that are anti-microbial. The good doctor pointed out how most coconut oil users who dwell in the tropics – the ideal breeding ground for microbes and parasites – are somehow protected from infections.

Now there is no need to think twice because Primex offers the better choices to include in your diet. With coconuts as our main ingredients – (Coconut Oil, Primex Desiccated Coconut with 67-69% virgin coconut oil, Primex Coconut Milk Powder with 60-65% virgin coconut oil and PRIME Xynergies Banana Chips with 20-25% coconut oil) – Primex products are a healthy addition to your lifestyle. So add coconut in your diet today.