Coconut oil, what does the evidence say?

I saw a YouTube Mayo Clinic video on diabetes and the expert Dr they had on made a comment and reference to one study that said we shouldn’t be eating coconut oil. His phrase was ‘it belongs on the outside of the body, not the inside.’ What does the research/evidence say?


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  • Shelley, TheLongPointGirl moderator author
    4 months ago

    Thanks Margot!

  • Margot moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi Shelley! In addition to comments from the community, the article linked below may help.

    Coconut has been feared based on its high saturated fat content and the belief that a diet high in saturated fat increases LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) thus increasing risk of cardiovascular disease, but recent research has questioned the role that saturated fat plays in cardiovascular disease – some of the research is detailed here: https://type2diabetes.com/nutrition/coconut/

    Coconut may work in one’s diet – but as this may differ by person we recommend those in the community check in with their doctor as well and keep up with research!

    – Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team

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