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The Truth About Coconut Oil, Saturated Fat & Cholesterol

Know the accusations against coconut oil, saturated fat & cholesterol;Understand the evidence, history & science
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"A course worth paying for. Loads of information about coconut oil. The beginning of the course are a little bit technical but it gets very interesting as you proceed. Section 4 of the course reveals a lot about coconut oil. I thought that coconut oil is bad for health and now I realised I was wrong. Great stuff." - Chan Lam Seng

This course is about dispelling the statements behind coconut oil, such as ‘Coconut oil is bad because its fats are saturated’, ‘Coconut oil is fattening’, and ‘Coconut oil blocks and clogs arteries.’ Many of these statements have become common beliefs almost universally. Though the whole thing started out in the United States back in the 1950s, its impact on the health of individuals and the economy of coconut oil producing nations are far and wide.

Scientists, health professionals and people passionate about coconut oil have been making commendable efforts over the decades to promote the healthful coconut oil while vindicating the historical false beliefs. This course consolidates the information in one single place, with the sole purpose of understanding the ‘Truth’ about coconut oil. This course allows the students to learn the reasons, facts and evidence dispelling many of the widespread, almost universal beliefs against coconut oil.

This course is aimed solely at helping students understand the many reasons, evidence and information speaking against the historical false statements. The course is not designed to teach the health benefits of coconut oil, which will be the content of another upcoming course in the pipeline. Before anyone can appreciate the healthful aspects of coconut oil, one must understand the truth behind this amazing substance given to us by nature.

Course Outline

  • Understanding Fats (Fats and oils, saturated and unsaturated fats, cis and trans fats, and triglycerides)
  • Learn About Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Dispelling False Statements Against Coconut Oil

The course begins by exploring the fundamental concepts of fats. We need to understand the various terminologies surrounding fats, including, fats and oils, saturated and unsaturated fats, cis and trans fats, and triglycerides. Then, we will learn about coconut oil and virgin coconut oil, and their composition. Understanding the composition of coconut oil allows us to explore the information, facts and science behind the accusations against coconut oil. The bulk of the course will focus on understanding why the statements or common beliefs demonizing coconut oil are not true and unfounded.

The course is designed for anyone who wish to learn about coconut oil. Some basic knowledge of chemistry and biology will help but not necessary.

This course uses a mixture of media for delivery, though many of the lectures are video-based.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested to find out the truth behind cocout oil, saturated fat & cholesterol
  • Those who still think coconut oil is bad
  • For anyone seeking better health
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What Will I Learn?
To understand the misconceptioin about coconut oil, saturated fat & cholesterol
To learn the history leading to the downfall of coconut oil
To understand basic concepts such as fats and oils, saturated and unsaturated fats, cis and trans fats, and triglycerides
To learn the scientific evidence and historical accounts dispelling the fallacies against coconut oil & saturated fat
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 02:00:51
Welcome & Introduction
1 Lecture 01:05

This short video gives you an overview of the course. This is a quick take on what will be covered in the course.

Preview 01:05
Understanding Fats
7 Lectures 22:43

This lecture gives an overview of the topics covered in Section 2 and explains the necessity of learning the basics of fats, oils, saturated and unsaturated fats, triglycerides, and cis and trans fats.


In this lecture we discuss some basic information on fats and oils and also the classification of fats.

Fats & Oils

This is an important lecture providing a fundamental understanding of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Knowing the difference between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids will help understand why the statement 'Coconut oil is bad because tis fats are saturated' is wrong.

Preview 08:42

Test basic understanding of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids

Quiz on Saturated & Unsaturated Fatty Acids
7 questions

This lecture discusses the basics of triglycerides


Test how much you know about triglyceride.

Quiz on Triglycerides
3 questions

This lecture discusses the basics of cholesterol as well as some of its importance to our body and health

Preview 03:48

Cis and trans fats are two more types of unsaturated fats. This lecture discusses the two fats and their characteristics.

Cis & Trans Fats

Evaluate your understanding of cis and trans fats

Quiz on cis and trans fats
5 questions

This lecture summarizes the lessons learned in this section. The importance of saturated and unsaturated fats as well as trans fats is highlighted.

You have now completed Section 2 of the course. I know it’s still early in the course. But, if you do find the course helpful up to this point, please leave a review and rating as this will be helpful to those who are considering taking this course. And it will be helpful to us in making improvements to the course as well. Please note that you can always go back and change your review as you progress further along the course.

Coconut Oil & Virgin Coconut Oil
6 Lectures 28:03

This lecture will cover some basic materials on coconut. It will be good for those who have little knowledge of the coconut plant or its fruit.

Basic Information on Coconut

This lecture discusses the basic method in production of coconut oil and virgin coconut oil

Production of Coconut Oil & Virgin Coconut Oil

This lecture will address the refined coconut oil, its composition and quality, and the types of refined coconut oil in the market.

Refined Coconut Oil Composition, Quality & Types

Test on some basic information of coconut oil

Quiz on Coconut Oil
5 questions

In this lecture we discuss the composition and quality of virgin coconut oil.

Unrefined Coconut Oil (Virgin Coconut Oil) Composition, Quality & Types

See how much you know about virgin coconut oil

Quiz on Unrefined Coconut Oil
5 questions

We compare the saturated and unsaturated fatty acid content of coconut oil and the other edible (vegetable) oils in this short lecture.

Coconut Oil vs Other Edible Oils

This lecture summarizes the important takeaways from this section on coconut oil and virgin coconut oil.

You have now completed Section 3 of the course. It’s almost halfway through the course. If you have yet to leave a review, please do so as it will be helpful to those who are still thinking about taking the course. Again, it will be great for us to know how you are doing in the course. Do know that you can always go back and change your review as you progress further along the course.

Why Coconut Oil Is Not Bad
10 Lectures 01:05:49

This lecture introduces the most important section of the entire course. In this section we will look at 4 major topics which supports why coconut oil is not bad.


This is the first lecture on saturated fat is not the villain. We will explore how saturated fat became the villain of heart disease by looking at various historical studies and events.

Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain - Part I

See if you know how saturated fat became the villain in heart disease.

Quiz on Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain Part I
4 questions

This second lecture explains why the scientific research and basis for demonizing saturated fat were not valid

Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain - Part II

This quiz tests on some of the problems with the historical accusations on saturated fat being the villain.

Quiz on Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain Part II
4 questions

This lecture introduces you to Dr Fred Kummerow who proved the culprit of heart disease is not saturated fat or cholesterol. He was also the first scientist who caught the real villain in heart disease. Be sure to watch the full interview video (link in the External Resources)

Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain - Part III

This quiz tests the research findings on the cause of heart disease

Quiz on Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain Part III
3 questions

This lecture introduces one of the foremost expert of fats and oils and the first to defend for coconut oil.

Saturated Fat Is Not The Villain Part IV

This lecture refutes the false statement 'coconut oil is fattening'. The pathway of coconut oil as the preferred energy source is discussed in this lecture

Coconut Oil As Energy Source Rather Than Stored As Fatty Tissues

This lecture talks about Canola oil, the 3rd most widely used vegetable in the world. In 1994 the Canadian Government approved the first genetically modified canola crop, Laurate Canola, which is high in lauric acid (the major saturated fatty acid found in coconut oil). This provides a strong evidence that saturated fat such as lauric acid is not unhealthy.

Canola Crop Bred to Produce Higher Saturated fat Content

This lecture gives you an overview of the traditional and historical use of coconut and its contents in food and medicine. For thousands of years, many cultures around the tropical regions have incorporated coconut and its contents into the very fabric of their food and healthcare. For the past few decades modern medical science has begun to confirm many of the medical properties and the volume of evidence is increasing as more and more research is being carried out.

Food and Medicinal Uses

In this lecture we will look at the history and series of events which contributed to the near extinction of coconut oil (tropical oils) in the US, and subsequently in other parts of the world.

History Of The Downfall Of Coconut Oil

This lecture summarizes the section on 'Why Coconut Oil Is Not Bad'. Be sure to download the Course Summary and References from the Supplementary Material.

1 Lecture 02:50

This lecture concludes the course. What is next?

This is the end of the course. We hope you have found it useful and helpful. Please leave a review. Your feedback and review will be our reference in continually improving the course as well as in upcoming courses. Thank you.

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