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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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