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” cholesterol 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 health benefits,” 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.