Coconut oil not a healthy alternative to other fats, study says

Postado Junho 20, 2017

According to the advisory, a recent study found 72% of Americans rate coconut oil as a healthy food.

The dream that coconut oil is a healthier oil has been shattered and a new study advises against using the oil altogether.

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

But researchers said they don't see any benefits in using coconut oil versus other saturated fats like beef fat or butter.

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can raise the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol in the blood, which may clog the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Another study she published showed smaller doses of MCTs doesn't help with weight loss in overweight adolescents.

"We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels", said Dr.

The debate on saturated fats has been going on for years.

But Frank Sacks, the lead author in the review, said that while people shouldn't ingest coconut oil, the substance is still beneficial for the skin.

"You can put it on your body, but don't put it in your body", Sacks said.