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.


Answer

Coconut oil is a controversial food. There is no scientific evidence to support using it as medicine, although it has been used as food and medicine in Asia for thousands of years. In the Western world, coconut oil is historically a “food to avoid” because it is loaded with saturated fat and calories. But key scientists may be 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. Still, the American Heart Association does not support the use of coconut oil, and one tablespoon has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. I see no reason to add coconut oil as a supplement, but if you choose to use it, substitute it for other oils in stir-frying, salad dressing, etc.


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