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Coconut cholesterol: a few facts

Information on Coconut

Coconuts grow on coconut palms which come from the family of palms, botanically referred to as arecaceae. The botanical name of the coconut palm itself is cocos nucifera. It is the only species in the genus of cocos. The palm is a large one, and it can grow up to 98ft in height and its leaves can be up to 20ft long. Old leaves always break away rather easily so the trunk always remains smooth afterwards. The term coconut can actually refer to the fruit, the seed or the entire palm.

Information on Cholesterol

Choresterol is a steroid metabolite which is located in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all species of animals. It is a waxy component of all mammalian cell membranes and it is one of the most important ones because its main purpose is to maintain proper fluidity and permeability of the cells. It is also one of the main components in the production of vitamin D, steroid hormones and bile acids. It is a type of sterol mostly synthesized in animals, but fungi and plants may also synthesize it in significantly smaller amounts. It is almost completely absent in different sorts of bacteria. Even though cholesterol is highly beneficial for the lives of all animals, abundant amounts may be an indication of heart disease and several other serious medical conditions.  The name cholesterol originates from the Greek chole- (bile) and stereos (solid), and the chemical suffix -ol for an alcohol. Cholesterol was first identidied in 1769 by a French chemist François Poulletier de la Salle. It was first named cholesterine by Eugène Chevreul a couple of years later.

Coconut Cholesterol

Cholesterol is not yet fully understood by the scientific world. There are actually two main types. The HDL or the high density lipoprotein is the type of cholesterol which is considered to be good. LDL or the low-density lipoprotein is the bad type of cholesterol because it has a tendency to stick to the walls of the arteries and raise the risk of heart attacks. It is not yet fully determined whether coconut cholesterol can be considered good or bad. Unsaturated fats miss some hydrogen atoms and are liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats miss only one pair of hydrogen atoms. These can be found in peanut oil, olive oil and canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats miss one or more pairs of hydrogen and they can be found in soybean oil, safflower oil and corn oil. Saturated fats, like coconut oil are usually sourced from animals. Coconut oil is very efficient in balancing the cholesterol levels and preventing numerous different types of severe medical conditions. 

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