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Coconut Oil: Superfood or Artery Clogger?

The effects of coconut oil on our body and health


What's going on?

Only recently it seemed coconut oil was untouchable as one of the top superfoods in existence and it grew to become a popular oil for daily usage for health reasons. However, groups like the American Heart Association have recently urged the public to distance themselves from coconut oil, which is a large gap from their previous praise for the oil. How did coconut oil degrade itself from a type of superfood to pure poison as warned by a Harvard professor?


Moderation is the key to this issue, as much of the underlying problem is due to a misunderstanding of the oil itself. Although it has the same amount of calories as other oils that is 120 calories per tablespoon, there is far more saturated fat. By comparison, other oils such as olive oil or canola oil have 1 and 2 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, respectively. However, coconut oil contains 13 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. This fat content is in comparison to the recommended daily allowance, which is 20 grams a day.


Coconut oil was initially thought to be healthy as it contains medium-chain triglycerides which are processed faster than other types. However, coconut oil also contains a substance known as lauric acid. While this substance increases the good cholesterol, it also increases the bad cholesterol along with it. Hence, coconut oil is a poor choice for anyone with heart issues, as it may contribute to blocked arteries. It is essential that coconut oil should be consumed sparingly to ensure better health similar to any other properties that are consumed.


How Coconut Oil Went From Superfood to 'Pure Poison'