Coconut oil is not the panacea that some make it out to be. There's more research that needs to be done, but don't fall for the hype surrounding it. If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
While many laud coconut oil's health benefits, these are yet to be corroborated by the science. What is known, however, is that coconut oil can raise both our good and bad cholesterol. Meanwhile, one review paper concluded that coconut oil cannot be relied on to cut our risk of heart disease. That's got to burst coconut oil's bubble.
Coconut oil is the flavour of the month, but unfortunately, its nutrient profile just doesn't stack up against the likes of avocado, soy, canola or extra virgin olive oil. These oils well and truly bowl coconut oil over in the nutrition stakes.
You don't need to shy away from coconut oil completely though. My recommendation is use it if a recipe calls for it, but don't go adding it to your mushrooms or frying an egg in it. Further, please don't use it to whiten your teeth. There's not a skerrick of evidence that this ancient practice works.
- Joel Feren, Accredited Dietitian and Dietitian Association of Australia spokesperson