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Can Coconut Oil Improve Cholesterol?

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  Published on September 9th, 2020
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  Last modified April 15th, 2021

With benefits abound, you’re probably not surprised to hear that coconut oil might also improve your cholesterol. This beloved, sweet-tasting fatty fruit provides delicious milk, cream, oil, and more! It’s also an excellent choice for the ketogenic diet! So, can coconut oil improve cholesterol? [1]   What is Coconut Oil? Coconut oil is a tropical oil made from the dried nut or fruit of the coconut palm tree. Per tablespoon, coconut oil contains around 13.5 grams of total fat (11.2 grams of saturated fat). It also has 0.8 grams of monounsaturated fat and around 3.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat. Coconut oil doesn’t actually contain any cholesterol. It’s also a good source of vitamin E and polyphenols. The oil from the coconut has a large portion of medium-chain fatty acids (MCT). These fats don’t seem to be stored in fat tissue as easily as long-chain fatty acids [2,3,4,5]. What Does the Research Show about Coconut Oil and Cholesterol? With some experts saying you should avoid coconut oil due to the high saturated fat content and other…

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