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How Bad Is Coconut Oil For Your Health?

Once dubbed a healthy fat, researchers now suspect that coconut oil may be worse than butter and — wait for it — lard!

If you're like Gwyneth Paltrow and like to slather your legs with the stuff, then you're fine. But if you're using coconut oil to fry your eggs or prevent your brownies from sticking to the pan, you may be in for a rude awakening. A recent American Heart Association advisory published in Circulation journal proclaimed that replacing saturated fat — which makes up 82 percent of the fats in coconut oil! — with polyunsaturated vegetable oil reduced cardiovascular disease by approximately 30 percent. Consuming a diet rich in artery-clogging saturated fat can raise in LDL (bad cholesterol) levels as well as increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.

So does this mean that you'll have to save that open jar for moisturizing purposes only? Sure, many health foodies and paleo princesses still believe that the tropical fruit oil is healthy, but the AHA admits that there's zero legit evidence supporting this claim. "We recommend replacing the saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats — using oils instead of butter and choosing foods like avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds instead of foods high in saturated fats like cakes, biscuits, chocolate and fatty meat," the British Heart Foundation's Senior Dietician, Victoria Taylor, explained. If you're still not convinced that fat is an essential part of a wholesome diet, take a peek at these 11 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Don't Eat Enough Fat.


April Benshosan
April is a born-and-raised Brooklynite who has a passion for all things health, wellness, and tastebud-related. Read more about April
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