There are many articles out there purporting the miracles that coconut oil can perform—you may have read how it is a wonder weight loss cure, a fighter of Alzheimer’s, a replacement toothpaste, and an ointment for youthful skin (the list goes on).
Don’t get us wrong; we think coconut oil has its uses. However, using the product properly, in moderation and not treating it as an outright replacement for important elements of your diet and hygiene regime is still important to reap the benefits. Here are seven not-so-healthy ways to use coconut oil that you probably won’t find as many articles about…
1. It’s Not a Miracle Weight Cure
The Mayo Clinic says there have a been a few “small studies” that look closer at the actual effectiveness of using coconut oil (which is high in calories and saturated fat) to shed pounds. This could also mean there haven’t been many studies proving weight loss effectiveness.
While the benefits of this oil for weight loss are almost considered gospel in diet circles, the clinic (backed by health professionals) says that while it’s true that use of coconut oil can actually trim an inch or two off your waist, “It doesn’t lead to significant weight loss or improved body mass index”. In fact, thehe high calorie count can do the opposite: trigger your body to store additional fat, adds the source.