The use of saturated fats such as coconut oil in the diet is disputed in the health and medical community. According to WebMD, coconut oil raises bad cholesterol levels and should be avoided, along with other tropical oils, to reduce the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, HowStuffWorks.com reports that coconut oil has antibacterial properties when consumed, benefits skin and promotes weight loss.Continue Reading
Coconut oil is a tropical oil that contains 92 percent saturated fat and no cholesterol. It can be either liquid or solid, depending on the storage temperature. Coconut oil can be heated to much higher temperatures than other oils without being damaged, and it does not go rancid when stored for long periods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Heart Association recommend limiting the consumption of saturated fats, such as coconut oil, to less than 10 percent of calorie intake. Many doctors suggest coconut oil is a better choice than trans fats or butter, but a less healthy choice than unsaturated fats such as canola, vegetable or olive oil.
According to HowStuffWorks.com, the monolaurin in coconut oil is a natural antibiotic and protects against stomach ulcers and some types of bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is also a natural moisturizer and can prevent and treat skin infections and cancer. Medical News Today writes that studies have shown that consuming coconut oil daily can lead to higher good cholesterol, improved insulin response in diabetics, and a loss in weight and waist size.Learn more about Food Facts
A few studies suggest adding coconut oil to the diet helps reduce belly fat, lowers cholesterol and promotes weight loss, according to About.com. While some research shows the benefits of consuming coconut oil, more evidence is necessary to support these claims fully as of 2015.Full Answer >
As of 2015, Ventura Foods LLC owns the LouAna brand of coconut oil, which is more than a century old. Ventura Foods acquired the brand in a 1994 merger between Wilsey Foods and Holsum Foods, the company that owned the LouAna brand at that time.Full Answer >
While there is some research to suggest that coconut oil can reduces waist size, as of 2015 there is not enough evidence to suggest that people who eat it experience significant weight loss, notes Mayo Clinic. Healthy eating and exercise are the best ways to lose weight.Full Answer >
The simplest way to consume coconut oil is to eat a spoonful once a day. Coconut oil is also used in a multitude of recipes, often as a replacement for butter. Swanson Vitamins provides a list of user-generated recipes on its website.Full Answer >