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Padmabhushan Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde
MBBS (Madras), MD (Lucknow), FRCP (London), FRCP (Edinburgh), FRCP (Glasgow), FRCPI (Dublin), FACC (USA) and FAMS
Former Principal of Kasturba Medical college and latter Vice chancellor of Manipal University.
Prof Dr Hegde says ‘All Izz Well’ with coconut oil
The eminent professor said coconut oil contains mono-lauric acid, the same fatty acid that mother's milk has. Until the 1930s, even bread in the US was made using coconut oil. Things changed after that and the ghost of cholesterol was given birth to flourish today as the best business, Prof Dr Hegde says
Ask any Keralite for the benefits of coconut oil and you will be presented with a long list. Barring the southern part of India, everywhere else coconut oil has been off the food list for a long time. Nutritionists and doctors’ have been advising everyone to avoid for the saturated fat it contains, allegedly linked with many diseases.
Contrary to popular perception, Prof Dr BM Hegde, a renowned doctor and a Padma Bhushan awardee, says that coconut oil is in fact the best source for treating skin diseases and as well as Alzheimer’s diseases.
Busting the myths propagated by doctors and nutritionists over coconut oil, Prof Dr Hegde says, “I am surprised when people say coconut oil is poison. If a doctor says that it contains cholesterol, it means he has not gone to any medical colleges. First thing they taught you in any medical school is biochemistry, where students learn that cholesterol comes from animal source. How can a plant like coconut could then become source of cholesterol?”
“After realising this mistake, they (doctors and nutritionists) started saying that the coconut oil contains saturated fat and hence it is bad. The larger question here is that one should inquire what coconut oil contains and not directly label it as bad,” the “people’s doctor”, said.
According to Prof Dr Hegde, coconut oil and mother’s milk are the only two things that get digested in the mouth of a baby. “Both, coconut oil and mother’s milk contains sodium monolaurate, which is monolauric acid and forms the basis of human immune system.”
He also said that feeding milk, other than the mother’s to an infant is not good option and instead we should use coconut oil. He said, milk from larger cows like the Jersey type, provokes severe anti-body response from the human system as its milk protein is foreign and is antigenic . Unfortunately, the same antibodies also recognise the beta cells in the pancreas as foreign and attack them. “In short, cow's milk is not a good food for a baby and, certainly, not for adults who, in addition, do not have any enzyme to digest any kind of milk after they have stopped taking mother's milk,” Prof Dr Hegde said.
Warning that milk from any foreign source is only a time bomb waiting to detonate in the not too distant future, he however admitted that the milk (dairy) industry is very powerful and it is very difficult to speak the truth. He, however said the industry should concentrate more on selling denatured milk, in curds, buttermilk and Ghee which are good food instead of milk.
Prof Dr Hegde said, “Ayurveda describes clarinated butter (Ghee) as the best food which gives Ojus , highest form of health . Butter is not as good as it still has cow's protein but, ghee is pure fatty acids only-mainly butyric and caprionic acids, devoid of any protein from the cow or buffalo.”
In the US, infant food has coconut oil as main base. “Americans after having done the propaganda against coconut oil, has now accepted it for treating many diseases,” he says.
Prof Dr Hegde explained that coconut oil is also being used widely to treat Alzheimer’s diseases as it is digested in the mouth and gets converted into ketones. Brain cells damaged due to Alzheimer, can live on these ketones. “If you take coconut oil your brain cells won’t die. Even if they are dying that they can get rejuvenated,” he added.
Coconut oil is also best cure of many skin diseases. “It is a natural fat. Apart from curing skin diseases, it can be used for softening skin,” says Dr Lata Joshi, professor with MGM Medical College in Mumbai.
Even severe form of skin infection can completely healed by just applying coconut oil according to Prof Dr Hegde. Sharing an anecdote where coconut oil cured a skin problem, he said “One of my friends developed a peculiar skin problem. After approaching a dermatologist he was advised for Bio Oxy. Though nothing happened, the infection got pus. Merely on applying coconut oil, it got healed completely.” He also explained the benefits of coconut oil for hair loss, dandruff problem.
According to Prof Dr BM Hegde, coconut oil in any form is good but one should use virgin coconut oil for treatment. It is extracted from fresh coconut kernel without any chemical processes and is the purest form of coconut oil.
Prof Dr BM Hegde also appealed Kerala government to sell virgin coconut oil. “I am glad that government has now started selling it under the name of Kerala Amrit.”
He believes that every part of coconut tree is useful and biodegradable.
So enjoy your coconut chutney and eat an idli too, if you like!
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