Is it safe to consume coconuts?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Products containing hydrogenated coconut oil should be avoided since consumption of hydrogenated coconut oil has been shown to cause a significant increase in blood cholesterol levels, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. When purchasing shredded coconut, read labels carefully and avoid products sweetened with sugar and/or preserved with propylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze. Coconut contains small amounts of oxalate. Individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming this food.

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