If you follow this site and sites like it recently you will have noticed a uptick in reviews of coconut oil and in specific the health benefits of coconut oil and of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s) it contains. Today we figured we’d take a quick look at what people are claiming this latest magic elixir can do, these benefits are in many cased not FDA endorsed so apply you usual filter to that.
So what are people saying the health benefits of coconut oil are?
- Taken in moderation it can raise your HDL cholesterol counts.
o The down side is it can also raise your LDL counts if you over do it.
- It can help with weight loss
o While MCT’s are more likely to be burned off than converted to body fat like other dietary fat – it is incredibly high in calories so just dropping it into your diet is not going to help you lose weight.
- It can help with Alzheimer's symptoms
o This is mostly social media info and word of mouth no studies have been undertaken on the subject.
- It contains high levels of antioxidants
o This is true – but so do other lower calorie foods
- It can be used as a make-up remover
o Also true and any time you can use a natural substance in your beauty regimen it is probably a good idea.
So what is the verdict on all these health benefits of coconut oil? In general like most things you hear about on the internet it is a bit overblown – still don’t look past it as a substitute for complex fats like lard or for coconut oil’s alternate uses like removing make-up. If you'd like to learn more on the subject of the health benefits of coconut oil here are two in-depth articles - both obviously have a bias so read them and decide for yourself: