Should I add coconut oil to my diet?
Asked by shubydo on May 05, 2011
in Weight Loss
My nutritionist has advised me to add coconut oil to my diet after I reach a certain weight goal. She indicated coconut oil and the liver digestion has a commonality and it would be for better mental health.
Coconut oil is a controversial food. There is no scientific evidence to support using it as medicine, although it has been used as a food and medicine in Asia for thousands of years. In the Western world, coconut oil is historically“food to avoid” because it is loaded with saturated fat. However, key scientists are changing their stance. Compared to the fatty acids in meat, the saturated fats in coconut oil, called MCT (medium chain triglycerides), are shorter and more water-soluble, and so they are routed to the liver to be burned for fuel instead of going on to make cholesterol. But one tablespoon of coconut oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, and the American Heart Association does not support it. I see no reason to add it as as a supplement, but if you choose to use coconut oil, substitute it for other oils in stir-frying and salad dressings or use full fat coconut milk.