Pure coconut oil provides higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, a better tolerance of sugar and reduction of fat in diabetics, and a reduction of waist size in addition to weight loss in research studies, according to Medical News Today. Coconut oil is 100 percent fat but not the saturated variety.
Pure coconut oil has several advantages over processed varieties. It comes from the fruit of mature fresh coconuts, while the refined oils come from coconut meat that has been bleached and deodorized. Partially hydrogenated coconut oil has the same trans fats as other processed oil and is dangerous for health over time. Pure oil, in contrast, has phenolic compounds that provide antioxidant benefits, as stated by Medical News Today.
One research trial compared the effects of soybean oil and coconut oil on cholesterol. While soybean oil led to the elevation of LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, HDL levels went up with coconut oil consumption. Members of both groups lost weight during the study, but those in the coconut oil group also saw their waist sizes go down. Another study looked at the effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss. These are the triglycerides found in coconut oil, and people who consumed at least 18 grams of MCTs each day lost more weight and fat than people who consumed the same amount of olive oil. The fact that coconut oil has 2.6 percent fewer calories than other fats makes it preferable to other fat sources, notes Medical News Today.