Coconut oil contains 92 percent saturated fat, which helps it to remain a solid at room temperature and keep from going rancid. Eating a lot of saturated fat may raise your risk of heart disease. But coconut oil also contains 60 percent medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are transferred during digestion directly to the liver, where they are likely to be burned as fuel, and they also help raise your metabolic rate just a bit. So one would assume that these fats would be less likely stored as fat.
Preliminary studies suggest that having small daily portions of coconut oil can lead to modest weight loss. Researchers are also currently studying whether coconut oil can help lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
In the meantime, a good rule is to include this oil as one of the healthier fat options in a balanced diet, but use it in moderation to keep calorie counts in check.
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