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Why is coconut oil a healthier alternative to choose?

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Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to choose because it is cholesterol-free, contains heart-friendly fatty acids like myristic, helps mount resistance to various bacteria and virus, improves insulin use within the body, increases metabolism, energy and endurance, boosts thyroid function, increases good HDL cholesterols in the blood and lowers cholesterol, as stated by WebMD and Dr. Oz. Coconut oil contains 92 percent unsaturated fat and also contains a combination of short and medium chain fatty acids, approximately 16.8 percent myristic fatty acids and 44 percent lauric fatty acids.

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Coconut oil has been found to contain an abundance of positive antioxidants that help stop aging, as it prevents oxidative reactions from happening in body tissues. It also contains an abundance of vitamin E, which is an effective moisturizer for both skin and hair.

Although coconut oil is a healthy alternative, one tablespoon contains approximately 117 calories, 14 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat and no vitamins or minerals. Like all saturated fats, an overconsumption of coconut oil can lead to an increase risk in heart disease. As a result, the AHA 2010 dietary guidelines recommend coconut oil consumption to be limited to 7 to 10 percent of one's total calorie intake.

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