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Is coconut oil bad for you?

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While coconut oil is not particularly bad for human health and is superior from a health standpoint when compared to butter and trans-fat oils, it is not as good as liquid vegetable oils, according to WebMD. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 12 grams of saturated fat and 117 calories.

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According to WebMD, despite all the claims that coconut oil is beneficial to human health, limited clinical evidence supports its benefits as of 2014. The American Heart Association warns that saturated fats have been shown to increase the risk for heart disease, according to WebMD. Based on current nutritional guidelines, WebMD recommends that those who use coconut oil should limit its use to 7 to 10 percent of total caloric intake.

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