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The Good and Bad of Coconut Oil

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You’ve likely heard a lot about coconut oil and it’s various health uses of late.  Coconut oil is the edible oil retrieved from matured coconuts. It’s used for food and medicine as well as for industrial purposes. However, a lot of controversy focuses on coconut oil as a food, even though many folks swear by it for promoting weight loss, treating Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

Let’s examine the good and bad of coconut oil in a nut shell (or rather in a coconut shell) to help you determine if it’s worth buying…

 

1. Miracle Weight Loss Food?

Let’s start with coconut oil as food. Perform a simple Internet search and you’ll find that while many sources dub coconut oil a miracle food—others condemn it for all sorts of reasons—from debunking studies that reveal it’s high saturated fat content.

Is coconut oil the next super food that will solve all of your problems? Unfortunately, despite what you’ve heard, no, it’s not. Don’t get me wrong—while coconut oil has been touted for aiding weight loss efforts—there is zero scientific evidence to back up that claim.

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