Don’t Be Fooled by Coconut Oil… It’s a Saturated Fat… Like Cream

Coconut oil is everywhere these days, including natural foods stores. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it offers a non-dairy alternative for vegans and it has a better resistance to spoilage, NOT because it’s low fat. Coconut oil is an extremely saturated fat, like cream. If you wish to avoid saturated fats, watch out for Macadamia nuts because they are roasted in coconut oil, which is probably why people always say, “They’re so fattening!” Coconut oil is fabulous in shampoo and for dry skin but be careful, just because you find it in a “health food store,” doesn’t mean it’s the correct food for you to ingest.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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One thought on “Don’t Be Fooled by Coconut Oil… It’s a Saturated Fat… Like Cream

  1. Because coconut oil is made of primarily medium chain (and some short chain) fatty acids, it is broken down immediately for use rather than stored. MCFA aren’t packaged into chylomicrons for circulation through the lymph like long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Instead, they are transported in the portal blood to the liver for conversion into energy. This quick conversion process may prevent weight gain as long as the calories consumed as coconut oil do not exceed the body’s caloric needs. Coconut oil has also been found to speed metabolism and increase energy expenditure and is of great interest for its potential as a weight loss aid.


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