Heart attack warning – why you should avoid this 70p cooking oil
Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency and should be treated straight away, said the NHS.
The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by the blood supply to the heart becoming blocked.
Without enough blood, the heart can become seriously damaged, and it may be deadly.
But, you could lower your risk of having a heart attack by avoiding coconut oil, it’s been claimed.
Coconut oil could be raise your chances of heart disease and heart attacks, said the Cleveland Clinic.
The oil, which can be used for cooking or as a moisturiser, is generally not recommended for your health, it added.
More than 80 per cent of coconut oil is saturated fat, which increases the amount of ‘bad cholesterol’ in the body.
Instead, consider swapping coconut oil for extra virgin olive oil to improve your heart’s health, it said.
“You may have heard that coconut oil is heart-healthy. But coconut oil is generally not recommended for heart health,” said the Cleveland Clinic.
“The culprit is saturated fat. Eighty-two per cent of coconut oil is saturated fat: one tablespoon contains 12 grams [14 grams total fat].
“High cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease. To lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, you should limit saturated fat intake to less than six per cent of your daily calories.
“That translates to 12 grams of saturated fat per day [on a 1,800 calorie diet].
“One tablespoon of coconut oil would use up your entire day’s allotment.”
The best types of cooking oils are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils – which includes extra virgin olive oil.
For the best nutritional effects of extra virgin olive oil, cook it at a very high temperature, it added.
A heart attack is a symptom of coronary heart disease – one of the largest causes of death across the world.
The condition is caused by the blood supply becoming blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries.
Other warning signs of heart disease include chest pain (angina) or heart failure – where the heart can’t pump blood around the body properly.
Lower your risk of a heart attack or heart disease by giving up smoking, if you’re a smoker.
If you’re overweight or obese, losing a few pounds will help to prevent heart disease, the NHS added.