Study finds that coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef fat and butter!

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Commonly referred to as a health food, a study found that coconut oil is packed with saturated fat which can raise the levels of bad cholesterol.

Coconut oil has been widely advertised as a health food, or as a healthier alternative to other fats such as butter. However, according to the American Heart Association, there's no evidence to show that coconut oil is a healthier alternative.

Coconut oil has a lot of saturated fat

You'll hear a lot of people say that coconut oil is a healthier fat, and cooking with coconut oil instead of butter or other types of oil is better for your health, but it's not totally true.

This myth comes from the common notion that oils that come from animals, such as beef fat, pork fat, or butter, has more saturated fat compared to oils from plants, such as sunflower oil, and olive oil.

Healthier oil actually has less to do with where the fat comes from, and more about how much saturated fat the oil has. And in the case of coconut oil, 82% of the fat it contains is saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels, and cause heart problems over time. And compared to butter, which has 63% saturated fat, coconut oil can put you at a higher risk for health problems.

What's a healthier alternative?

While coconut oil might have a lot of saturated fat, it doesn't mean that consuming coconut oil is necessarily bad for you. It has everything to do with how much saturated fat you're consuming daily.

For men, no more than 30g of saturated fat should be consumed, and for women, no more than 20g of saturated fat should be consumed daily. You can check the amount of saturated fat on a product by checking their nutrition labels.

Fats are actually important for the body's functions and processes, so it's not a good idea to cut it out completely. As with all things, fat should only be consumed in moderation, and it's important to watch everything you eat, not just the oil you're cooking with.

Source: bbc.com

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