Is coconut oil the most healthy oil?

Based on the evidence, coconut oil is not the miracle food some claim it to be. It isn’t necessarily bad for a person. In fact, coconut oil can improve cholesterol balance, is better for certain types of cooking and does not appear to have any major negative effects on human health. Coconut oil can be used in moderate amounts in addition to other healthful food choices, such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly.

Other oils like olive and walnut also have health benefits. For example, walnut oil is a good source of omega-3 fats, and in a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating a Mediterranean-style diet consisting of whole grains, lean protein, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats, including higher amounts of olive oil, reduced the risk of heart disease by 30%.

One important note: Hydrogenated coconut oil contains trans fats and should be avoided, whereas virgin coconut oil does not. If using coconut oil, be sure to buy virgin coconut oil. It can be found at most large grocers in a person's area.

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At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.