Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel (meat) of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil is made up of both saturated fat (bad fats) as well as medium chain triglycerides. By consuming large amounts of saturated fat, this can put your body at risk of clogged arteries or a heart attack. In today’s society, coconut oil has become a very hot topic, however a lot of the information provided is not evidence based and is very misleading. Here are some myth busters for coconut oil!
Remember : We are always skeptical when buying a vehicle from a used car salesman or a house from a real estate agent! Why not take the same approach when buying and consuming food. There’s a lot of false and misleading information out there from the people that market and sell these products.
Therefore, from this, it is evident that the negatives of coconut oil greatly outweigh any possible benefits. It is important to keep in mind, coconut oil is an important cash crop for India, the Philippines and Indonesia and unfortunately, in today’s society, wealth is often placed before health. Any information, from any human being can be presented on the Internet, however it is important to make sure it is quality evidence and from a reliable source. If you are unsure, always speak to your Dietitian or Doctor before commencing any diet strategies that have conflicting evidence. In conclusion, coconut oil should not be used more than once per month or if possible, completely avoided.
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Updated by Danielle McLaughlin