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How much coconut oil should you use per day?

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Someone with a 2,400-calorie per day diet should limit consumption of coconut oil to under 2 tablespoons daily. This is based on the recommendation to limit total saturated fat intake, including coconut oil, to under 10 percent of total daily calories. A tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories.

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Replacing butter and shortening with coconut oil may be slightly better for heart health, but the American Heart Association does not recommend adding additional saturated fat in any form. As of 2014, the many health claims associated with coconut oil have not been proven. There is no proof that coconut oil is of benefit for weight loss or Alzheimer patients, and the effect on cholesterol levels has not yet been established.

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