Friday, November 7, 2014

Healthy living...

I just came out from a Health talk conducted by Dr. Lakmali Amarasiri. Did you know that when it comes to cooking (heating)...

1) Coconut oil is healthier than most vegetable oils.
2) Butter is healthier than margarine.

Food for thought!

3 comments:

උපේක්ෂා said...

hay.. after a looong time...

I'm glad that I knew those two! yappi!!!

Dude said...


1) Coconut oil is healthier than most vegetable oils.

How was this justified Bimal? I mean at the workshop or seminar you attended. If this works this way this would make our lives easier. At the moment we are spending too much money on sunflower oil. Yeah, I know there was a huge controversy on this issue even some decades back. Dr Nandadasa Kodagoda was on coconut oil side and the other one I think Dr Vasantha (Is it Hettiarachchi?) was on anti coconut oil side. Somehow Dr Kodagoda died of heart failure I suppose.

2) Butter is healthier than margarine.
This again is quite the opposite of what we were preached upon. Animal fat vs. non dairy vegetable fat.

Bimal said...

@Dude, it was at a seminar held in our office and I spoke with her at length after the seminar too. She was covering the 5 major and common conditions we see in the community today including gastro problems, diabetes and high cholesterol. Problem with most vege oils seem to be that they break down into something more harmful than coconut oil when they are heated. But this statement apply to most common vege oils and excludes high end oils like sunflower, olive, etc. It's all about reducing trans fat. It is the same with margarine - it is better than butter as long as you don't heat it (ie. spread it on bread), if you are cooking, use butter. According to her, her articles were attacked by a couple of major margarine marketing companies but at the end of the day, she has facts that cannot be denied.

@Upeksha, good on you.

The bottom line is, it is way better to get personal advice from a qualified dietitian if you have any health conditions than believing what advertisements tells you.