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coconutEvery time I give a presentation to a group I get asked about coconut oil.

Below is Dr Sears comment from Dr Sears Zone Labs blog:

Coconut Oil
Some studies show that coconut oil has health benefits. They include benefits for the skin, hair and heart. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids. It is also anti-microbial and anti-fungal. The smoke point of coconut oil is 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is safe for cooking. Coconut oil is believed to have the following health benefits:

  • It may support heart health
  • It may help with weight loss
  • It may help boost immunity
  • It may support healthy digestion

There is controversy among health experts about the benefits of coconut oil. Some think of coconut oil as unhealthy for the heart because of its high levels of saturated fats, and other say it is heart healthy because of the lauric acid it contains which can help with cholesterol levels. Dr. Sears says that literature does not support the health benefits of coconut oil.

I think like everything else, if you use coconut oil in moderation it’s okay.  Variety is the spice of life and I use avocado oil, olive oil and peanut oil as well depending on what I am cooking.  It is important not to cook oils at a high temperature.

If you want to read more about the benefits or not of various oils check out Dr Sears blog at Zone Diet <enews=>