Coconut Oil: Fad or Fact?

Are you "coo-coo" for coconut oil? If so, you are among thousands and thousands of people who proclaim the value of coconut oil for everything from heart health to furniture polish. But, what's the real scoop on the coconut craze? Is it really all that and a bag of chips or is there more to the story? Let's take a closer look and try to separate the fad from the facts.

Fad or Fact: Heart Health and Coconut Oil

Is coconut oil good for the heart? We're talking about cholesterol and fat. There are two types of cholesterol: LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) is the bad cholesterol and HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) is the good cholesterol. Coconut oil is over 90 percent saturated fat which is the kind of fat that is considered unhealthy because it raises LDL cholesterol. Sounds like a fad, doesn't it? An oil with that much saturated fat can't be good for your heart. Or can it?

It turns out there are different types of saturate fats. What really matters if whether saturated fats are made up of medium chain triglycerides or long chain triglycerides. Medium chain triglycerides can actually raise HDL levels, which is why some believe coconut oil is good for heart health.

As to whether the heart health claims of coconut oil are fad or fact, more research is needed. For now, researchers recommend using coconut oil for flavor and sticking with unsaturated fats to improve heart health.

Fad or Fact: Dental Health and Coconut Oil

Ladies and gentlemen, this one is pure fact! A 2016 study on coconut oil pulling found that rinsing your mouth with coconut oil was just as effective at reducing plaque-forming bacteria as the pharmaceutical antiseptic chlorhexidine.

Fad or Fact: Fat Loss, Metabolism and Coconut Oil

Two separate studies, one in 1999 and one in 2000  on the effects of coconut oil consumption on weight loss showed no significant effects on fat burning or energy expenditure between those using coconut oil and butter and those using beef tallow. A separate study of obese people who consumed a set amount of virgin coconut oil several times daily, while following normal diets and exercise routines, showed an average weight loss of 0.5 pounds in four weeks.

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil increase the amount of energy we expend by about 5 percent. In short, medium chain triglycerides increase our metabolism allowing us to burn fat faster leading to fat/weight loss. The verdict on this one is fact.

​Fad or Fact: Skin Care and Coconut Oil

This one is fact, folks! Coconut oil contains lauric acid which has antibacterial properties allowing it to kill a host of microorganisms. In tests alongside 30 other fatty acids, lauric acid was the most effective bacteria fighter. Coconut oil is effective in killing bacteria that cause inflammatory acne and in inhibiting fungi growth.

Of all the proclaimed benefits of coconut oil, the most proven are in skin care. Try the coconut oil skin care products offered by Cocoili and see the benefits for yourself.