Coconut oil has a saturated fat content of 90 percent. Oils high in saturated fats have been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.
Coconut oil contains 2.6 percent fewer calories than other fats. It has been said to provide various health benefits.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Increasing “good” cholesterol: A component in coconut oil has been found to give “good” HDL cholesterol “a nudge.”
Controlling blood sugar: It appears to preserve insulin action.
Reducing stress: It has anti-stress and antioxidant properties.
Shiny hair: It makes hair shine because it penetrates better than mineral oils.
Healthy skin: It enhances protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in humans.
Preventing liver disease: It has reversed hepatosteatosis, a type of fatty liver disease, in rodents.
Reducing asthma symptoms: Inhaling coconut oil has helped reduce asthma symptoms in rabbits.
Fighting candida: Coconut oil has reduced colonization with Candida albicans in mice, suggesting it could be a treatment for candida.
Weight loss: It has reduced obesity and promoted weight loss in mice.
While a number of investigations have looked into coconut oil and its possible benefits, it should be noted that many of the studies supporting its benefits have not yet been carried out on humans.
In addition, all high-fat foods and oils are high in calories. Adding in more calorie-dense food to a diet that already has plenty of calories will not result in weight loss.