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The per capita coconut oil consumption in Kerala State has been reduced to one-third during the last 50 years. However, during the same p[eriod, the rate of heart attack has been increased to 3 times in the same population. This alone will be sufficient to show that coconut oil has nothing to do with heart attacks. Studies at Kochi showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the cholesterol, HDL or LDL levels in coconut oil consuming population versus sunflower oil consuming population. Moreover, 71 samples of plaques were analysed for the composition of fatty acids in them. Plaques did not contain significant amounts of lauric acid or myristic acid (fatty acids from coconut oil. Instead, palmitic acid and stearic acid (long chain fatty acids) were the main ingredients of these plaques. Fatty acid contents of plaques from coconut oil consuming group and sunflower consuming group were the same.
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There is little data on the type of vegetable oil used and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) in Asian Indians. Food frequency questionnaire was used to document the type of cooking oil in 1875 adults in Chennai city. MS was assessed by new harmonizing criteria. The prevalence of MS was higher among sunflower oil users (30.7%) than palmolein (23.2%) and traditional oil (17.1%, p < 0.001) users. The higher prevalence of MS in sunflower oil group persisted even when stratified according to body mass index, except in obese groups. The risk of MS was further compounded by quantity of refined cereals consumed. Higher LA%E and linoleic acid/alpha-linolenic acid ratio in sunflower oil probably contributes to increased risk of MS.
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