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    Q&A: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    Q: What are the health benefits of coconut oil?
    Coconut oil has been used for centuries in countries around the globe as a healthy source of fat. Current research shows that although coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it is mainly composed of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). MCTs are processed by the liver similar to carbohydrates, so are burned quickly for energy instead of being stored as fat in the body. Moderate consumption as part of a balanced diet is health-ful. Choose organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil to gain the most benefits.
    Author: Elizabeth Jarrard RD, LDN

    Elizabeth Jarrard is a Registered Dietitian and CLEANSE Advisor practicing in Boston. 

    One Comment

    1. Posted 10 Sep ’12 at 6:38 am | #

      Because coconut oil is very very high in SATURATED FAT ..and uusally food that is cooked in coconut oil is also high in saturated fat .saturated fat is bad fat .very bad ..too much of it in your body ..over time can start to clog your arteries which restricts blood flow around the body and too the heart which leads to heart problems, heart disease, heart attacks??> .and too much saturated fat causes obesity which has a whole range of health problems with it as well .it is best to eat healthy benefical fats like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated which is in olive oil, nuts, fish, avocados ..these fats help to take this bad fat away from your arteries and back to the liver where it is used ..these fats also help to protect you heart .so i would not eat anything cooked in those fats coconut, palm oil, i would just have things with olive oil

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