Having grown up in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the 1950s — 1960s I have ALWAYS known the true health dangers of coconut oil. People in the U.S. sometimes get coconut milk confused with coconut oil. Coconut milk is CLEAR and comes from inside the nut. Coconut oil is MADE from the thick white ‘meat’ inside of the coconut, attached to the shell.
Ceylon used to have an extremely high incidence of heart disease and by my time it was well known and understood that it was because we cooked everything in coconut oil.
Coconut oil is mainly saturated fat. There are no ‘if and buts’ about that.
I never understood how anybody, in good faith, could claim that coconut oil can be good for you. That was rank nonsense.
At last sense is prevailing. I am glad. I am so fed up arguing with people about this.
Yes, I do use coconut oil and we have some large jars of it. I used it on my head!
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No, despite my reputation for being rather partiality to a daily (diluted) glass of red wine (only because of its medicinal benefits), I alone cannot be held responsible for this ‘high’ rate. See this WMUR presentation for the complete list. Only Idaho and D.C. (which is not a State per se) come ahead of us. D.C. is easy to understand.
Of course it does not take a genius to work out what the discrepancy here is. It is our tax free wine sales to the out-of-staters.
But, there is actually another reason too. Our small and aging population — assuming, of course, that the Fed does their per capita based on the estimated number of adults in the State.