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Coconut oil isn't actually good for you, the American Heart Association says

Coconut oil isn't actually good for you, the American Heart Association says”

In terms of calorie and fat content, coconut oil is virtually identical to olive oil.

Saturated fat, unlike others, can raise the amount of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, which increases your risk of contracting heart disease in the future.

Coconut oil is usually sold as a health food, and some advocates say that the fat in it may be healthier for people than other saturated fats.

The AHA meta-review of existing randomized controlled trials found that restricting dietary saturated fat and replacing it with polyunsaturated vegetable oil lowered CVD risk by approximately a third. "Coconut oil has a higher proportion of medium-chain triglycerides than most other fats or oils, and my research showed eating medium-chain triglycerides may increase the rate of metabolism more than eating long-chain triglycerides".

Before you trash your coconut oil, know that saturated fat is a loaded term.

In 2016, it was reported that coconut oil was worth more than £14 million per year in sales to United Kingdom supermarkets, and had experienced a 112 per cent increase over the previous year.

Nutrition experts point out that coconut oil may well be good to use on your body, just not in your body.

Since the 1960s the AHA documents read saturated fat is detrimental to cardiovascular health.

They're typically solid at room temperature, such as is the case in butter in and coconut oil. It's the latest cooking fad, and people all over the Web are claiming that it's much healthier than any other oil out there.

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"Saturated fat increases LDL - bad cholesterol - which is a major cause of artery-clogging plaque and cardiovascular disease", he said.

Saturated fats are found in meat, full-fat dairy products and tropical oils such as coconut and palm.

The group's conclusion? The notion that saturated fat leads to heart disease, and that unsaturated fat prevents it, should not be up for debate. That's more than in butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).

The studies did not link eating more coconut oil to heart disease, but they did link it to a changing cholesterol metric.

But many of these items aren't actually as good for you as you might assume.

So, coconut oil is fine.

The Heart Association and American College of Cardiology advise anyone with questionable cholesterol readings to get saturated fat down to just 5 percent of total calories.

It says people should limit how much saturated fat they eat, replacing some of it with unsaturated vegetable oils - olive oil and sunflower oil, and their spreads.

News writers, calm down.

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