5 MYTHS about coconut oil
Updated: Feb 28, 2019
There has been a lot of talk surrounding coconut oil and its claimed health benefits.
But - is coconut oil really good for you?
Let's have a look at what the evidence says...
1. Coconut oil helps with weight loss
Nope. The evidence that the 'medium-chain' fats found in coconut oil can help people to lose weight is weak.There is better evidence for other ways to lose weight.
2. Coconut oil the BEST oil
Think again. Coconut oil is VERY high in saturated fat. High saturated fat intake can increase the risk of heart disease and raise blood cholesterol.
You should aim to reduce saturated fat intake and replace with small amounts of unsaturated fat.
3. Coconut oil and Alzheimer's disease
There is NO scientific evidence to suggest that coconut oil enhances brain functioning. The support for this was based on personal accounts and there is typically a large placebo effect.
4. Can it boost my immune system?
There is NO good scientific evidence that coconut oil can boost your immune system. This claim is largely based on the fact that one of the fats found in coconut oil is also present in breast milk!
5. Is it a healthy choice?
Nope, nope, definitely not (yes, this is a quote from Harry Potter).
There is NO strong scientific evidence to support health benefits from eating coconut oil.
Fats & oils provide the same number of calories (9 kcal/g) regardless of where they come from.
Too much of any type of fat can encourage weight gain.
Choose unsaturated fat over saturated fat and only consume in small amounts and not very often.
Unsaturated fats include: avocados, nuts, seeds, oily fish, as well as oils like rapeseed and olive oil.
Hannah Warn BSc (Hons), ANutr is an associate registered nutritionist based in Thornbury, Bristol. Contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the voucher code 'ROOTHEALTH2019' for a free 20 minute phone consultation.