Is Coconut Oil a healthy and helpful fat for Weight Loss?

Coconut oil, like most of our foods, is not all equal.

There are two main types of coconut oil that you can use in cooking and baking. 

"Virgin"  coconut oil is extracted from the fruit of fresh mature coconuts without using high temperatures or chemicals;  It's considered unrefined.

"Refined" coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat that's often chemically bleached and deodorized.  Some food manufacturers may use yet another form of coconut oil that's further processed;  partially hydrogenated coconut oil.

When purchasing coconut oil make sure it is "Organic, Virgin Coconut Oil".

The following article will help you make an informed decision about using coconut oil.  The term "moderation" can always be applied if you want to live a Healthy Lifestyle.

Coconut oil --- Is it Healthy or Unhealthy?

There’s a lot of health “hype” surrounding coconut oil. These claims tout the benefits of coconut oil for everything from weight loss to Alzheimer’s disease. The truth is that there isn’t yet enough scientific evidence to support all of these claims about coconut oil’s potential health benefits.

When it comes to fats, most of what you eat should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, like you find in nuts, seeds and avocados. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of saturated fats in your diet to less than seven percent of your total daily calories and limiting trans fat intake to less than 1 percent of total daily calories. These guidelines have been established because saturated fats, in general, and trans fats are associated with increased total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol, as well as increased risk of coronary artery disease.

However, virgin coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is a saturated fat that’s classified as a medium-chain fatty acid; it can raise both “bad” and “good” cholesterol levels. And there’s some preliminary evidence — including both animal and human studies — suggesting that coconut oil intake may be associated with a neutral, if not beneficial, effect on cholesterol levels.  

The bottom line? Skip food products that contain partially hydrogenated coconut oil. Choose virgin coconut oil and use it in moderation. Despite emerging research, the recommendation is still to limit your total saturated fat intake.