Coconut oil has become very popular recently as a result of being heavily marketed here in New Zealand as well as overseas.
- A small amount of research has been conducted suggesting it is better than butter for cholesterol levels, but not as good as other plant oils that are lower in saturated fat.
- Using small amounts of coconut oil to add flavour shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
- Use liquid plant oils for a main oil, such as cold-pressed olive, avocado or canola oil.
- Other healthy sources of fat include nuts, seeds, oily fish, and avocado.
The Bottom Line
- 92 percent of coconut oil is saturated fat. This is much higher than most other oils and fats and most studies suggest saturated fat is bad for our hearts.
- There is no good evidence that coconut oil can help you lose weight or cure Alzheimer's disease.
Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans Eyres L, Eyres MF, Chisholm A, Brown RC. Nutr Rev. 2016 Apr;74(4):267-80 [Abstract]
Coconut Oil. Lose weight? Cure Alzheimer's? Clog your arteries? D Schart, Nutrition Action, June 2012