What’s the Latest on Coconut Oil?

Last week, the American Heart Association said coconut oil is unhealthy, reigniting a conversation about saturated fat and leaving some confused about what is healthy.

“There’s a disconnect between people’s general beliefs and what the data actually show,” said Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Like a gluten-free lifestyle, Hensrud said benefits of coconut oil aren’t supported by good data. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Current data shows saturated and trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Excerpted from usatoday.com

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