Coconut oil is widely promoted for weight-loss, but while the promises of coconut oil’s benefit sound great, the research is less clear.
A few studies have looked at the benefit of coconut oil on weight loss, and results have been mixed. Though some studies have reported a decrease in participants’ body mass index (BMI) and waist size, others have not. All of the studies have been short-term. And it’s important to note that the better designed studies have evaluated coconut oil as part of a reduced-calorie diet and exercise plan. There is no evidence that coconut oil will have a beneficial effect on weight loss if you simply add it to your diet.
Coconut oil is from the dried fruit (nut) of the coconut palm tree. Although it’s called an oil, it’s essentially solid at room temperature, more like the texture and consistency of vegetable shortening. Coconut oil is nearly 100 percent fat, and 82 to 92 percent of that is saturated fat. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 11 grams of saturated fat.
Excerpted from Insight News