How Healthy Is Coconut Oil?

It is important that we question our beliefs every now and then. Even when it is .

Coconut oil is one among many healthy oils out there. But the question is, how healthy is coconut oil?

It is true that coconut oil does a wonderful job of raising HDL, the “good” and it is also true that it increases LDL cholesterol, which is a cause of cardiovascular disease.

“There are many claims being made about coconut oil being wonderful for lots of different things, but we really don’t have any evidence of long-term ,” said Dr. Walter C. Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

So where do we draw the line? 

“Coconut oil is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum in terms of types of fats. It’s probably better than partially hydrogenated oils (which are) high in trans fats but not as good as the more unsaturated plant oils that have proven health benefits, like olive and canola oil,” Willett said.

“It’s probably not quite as ‘bad’ as butter but not as good as extra virgin ,” agreed Kevin Klatt, a molecular nutrition researcher at Cornell University who is studying the metabolic effects of coconut oil.

Should we avoid it’s usage?

No!

“Coconut oil is half lauric acid, which is a little bit unique,” Klatt said, as the acid seems to raise HDL more than other saturated fats and is rarely found in such high amounts in foods.

“It’s not that you have to absolutely avoid coconut oil but rather limit coconut oil to where you really need that special flavor, like for Thai food or for baking a special dessert,” Willett said.

“If you love using butter and need a hard fat, coconut oil may be a better choice and is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it,” Klatt added.

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Felix Brambaifa is a writer and blogger from Nigeria. The founder of Naturally Healthy People and other niche blogs.

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