Coconut oil was a primary food source in many countries. Accessibility, affordability and the health benefits made it a key part of the diet. In the early 1980s that changed. Based on bad science people believed that saturated fats were bad and the cause of heart disease and obesity. Marketing machines worked hard and convinced countries to give up coconut oil.
The research harmed not only the westernized nations but it also changed the way many poor countries ate.Taking their lead from western scientists many third world countries switched to imported, processed oils that were detrimental to their health. People moved away from an oil that was healthy, tasty, available and a part of their culture.
Countless families followed this advice and gave up coconut oil. This change damaged health and destroyed industries. People paid for imported products instead of using healthier local options.
The results? More obesity, diabetes and heart ailments. There was one sector that saw massive growth – pharmaceuticals. As health deteriorated, drugs such as statins became a boom industry not just in North America but in poor countries too.
New science shows this information was wrong and motivated by economic gains. But, trying to convince people to change back to local coconut oil, is no easy process.
Here is a link to an article to learn more about how the war on saturated fats affected poor people…http://coconutoil.com/war-on-saturated-fats-has-harmed-people-in-poor-countries-who-shunned-traditional-fats-like-coconut-oil/