What Are The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the health benefits of coconut oil?  There was a survey done in the New York Times in July 2016. In that survey 72% of people believed that coconut oil was healthy. But only 37% that are nutritionists believed it was healthy. So, let’s tackle the facts on coconut oil. Coconut oil has over 80% saturated fat and research has linked saturated fats with higher cholesterol levels and a higher risk for heart disease.

There was a research study that showed that medium chain triglycerides which is a component of coconut oil can help boost levels of good cholesterol levels. The people in this study took 1 tablespoon of coconut oil twice daily for 8 weeks.

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Some Studies On Coconut Oil

Another study that was done in 2004 found the opposite. The research shown that it increased bad cholesterol in 17 healthy young men.  Then there was a 2016 study that found no clear evidence that coconut oil has any positive or negative effects to your cholesterol levels.

In a rodent study virgin coconut oil showed it reduced stress that resulting from exercise and a chronic cold. Researchers also believed that coconut virgin oil can be useful in treating different types of depression.

Some people use coconut oil for their hair to improve the shine and protect it from hair damage. One research study suggested that people with similar hair types found no difference in hair condition between those who had coconut oil and those who didn’t.

Coconut oil has been shown to improve the health of your skin. There was a study that showed that applying coconut extraction to human skin can improve its protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Here are the nutrition effects of 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil:

  • 121 calories
  • 0 grams of protein
  • 13.5 grams of fat of which 11.2 gram is saturated
  • 0 mg of cholesterol

Coconut oil has Vitamin E, and it contains 100% fat which most of it is saturated fat.  It is high in MCT’s- (Medium Chain Triglycerides). But one of the benefits of this is that it is harder for the body to convert it into stored fat.  And easier to burn off than long chain triglycerides.

“Coconut oil has over 80% saturated fat and research has linked saturated fats with higher cholesterol levels and a higher risk for heart disease.”- Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is coconut oil adds variety and flavor to food, but it has a high saturated fat content. And because of that one must consume coconut oil with moderation.

If you consume a high amount of saturated fat, it can increase the risk of high cholesterol levels and heart disease.

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