It's actually worse for you than eating butter, lard or palm oil, according to a Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory issued last week.
But because high LDL cholesterol is a known cause of heart disease-and because coconut oil has "no known offsetting favorable effects"-the panel advises against its use". Only 37% of nutritionists agreed.
According to the AHA, 82 per cent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, which is more than in butter (63 per cent), beef fat (50 per cent) and pork lard (39 per cent).
In the report, the AHA says that coconut oil is nearly made entirely of saturated fat - 82 percent, to be exact. It also seems to boost levels of HDL "good" cholesterol, which may be protective against heart disease.More news: Celtics and 76ers agree on trade for No. 1 draft pick
Widely popular in a slew of diets, coconut oil is often used as a substitute for other oils, particularly in paleo diets.
So where exactly did this myth that coconut oil health benefits are endless come from?
People who replace saturated fats with carbohydrates or foods high in sugar, for example, don't see reductions in heart disease risk.
The likely culprit is misunderstood weight loss studies.More news: 'It is despicable' - Chesterfield reacts to London mosque 'terrorist attack'
One benefit the study did point out about coconut oil: it's the holy grail for hair and skin care.
So, no, coconut oil isn't better for your heart than other oils. After all, the oil, extracted from the meat of a coconut is nearly 100 percent fat - and saturated fat at that.
- Treat cuts: Coconut oil contains antioxidants that can help cuts heal faster.
Frank Sacks, lead author on the report, said he has no idea why people think coconut oil is healthy.More news: Wall St. opens higher as tech stocks bounce back
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