Coconut oil isn't healthy. It's never been healthy

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The paper cites seven clinical trials in which coconut oil was found to raise LDL "bad" cholesterol just as much as butter, beef fat, and palm oil.

The American Heart Association said: "Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favourable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil".

However, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) there are no credible studies to support this claim. Only 37% of nutritionists agreed.

The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is 82% saturated fat, more than butter (63%) or lard (39%).

Animal fats are generally seen as bad, while plant oils, such as olive and sunflower are considered healthier options.


In the report, the AHA says that coconut oil is nearly made entirely of saturated fat - 82 percent, to be exact. It's worth pointing out that not all saturated fats are bad for you but ultimately, they do help build up plaque in the arteries which can lead to heart disease.

If you dig deeper into St-Onge's research, you'll find the study was done using "designer oil" containing 100 percent medium-chain triglycerides (or, MCT oil), while coconut oil contains just 13 percent to 15 percent. Coconut oil and olive oil are virtually the same when it comes to calorie content say experts. Past weight loss studies might be responsible.

In fact, they say, studies show that swapping saturated fat with polyunsaturated vegetable oil can reduce cardiovascular disease by about 30%.

So, no, coconut oil isn't better for your heart than other oils. Plus, coconut oil can still be an effective moisturizer or hair conditioner.

- Makeup remover: Apply coconut oil to a cloth or cotton ball, wipe off makeup and rinse off with warm water. Frank Sacks, lead author of the AHA report.

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