Coconut Oil Isn’t As Healthy As Many People Think
Although many celebrities have endorsed the health benefits of coconut oil, the research doesn’t defend these statements. In 2017, the American Heart Association warned against saturated fats in coconut oil during an advisory statement. Most studies, such as in the 2009 issue of Lipids, conclude that coconut oil raises both HDL and LDL (the’bad cholesterol).
Although it can aid weight loss, a few teaspoons aren’t enough to produce this effect. And over-consuming could be detrimental, according to the director of nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center. “It would be difficult to get your LDL cholesterol into healthy ranges eating a lot of coconut oil,” explains Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD.