I was reading Jamie Oliver's new book 'Everyday Superfood' and in it he says that the idea that coconut oil is good for you is a myth. Does anyone know any more about this? Can I use it in moderation? Or should I be avoiding it?

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autieflipper
over 3 years

Madeleine meals wouldn't be approved by dietician if they were sceptical , but coconut oil has lots health benefits and I feel my skin better

Jenhamer
over 3 years

For those who don't have Jamie's book he states that," there are many health gurus shouting about health benefits of coconut oil so I spoke to the leading fat specialist in the uk Professor Tom sanders and he and others all share the same opinion. I am not anti coconut oil but I am anti it's overuse and fictitious health benefits being bandied around. It's absorbed and turned in to energy quickly which is perceived as helpful however it is still the highest saturated fat on the planet and very low in essential fatty acids . If you consume too much it will nudge you in the direction of heart disease.

xnicolamurphyx
over 3 years

Yeah I'd like to know this as well, I've been using it every day 😱 wish they'd stop changing the rules! When is alcohol going to be good for us?!

gingerglow
over 3 years

maybe madeleines got some source of scientific evidence?? then we can clear up the confusion?

becca.b.jade
over 3 years

It is definitely confusing

Jenhamer
over 3 years

When you read his comment on it he explains how there is currently now enough scientific evidence to suggest it is as good for us as its made out to be. However he does say that it's ok to use it every now and again for dishes that really require it, but not to cook with it in every meal. But I would be intrigued to find out more too. Is so confusing cos some people tell us to eat it and that's it's great for us then others like Jamie Oliver finds out information to suggest it's not good. So confusing X X

pincess
over 3 years

Hi guys
From what I understand coconut oil is a saturated fat but it is what called a 'medium chain tryglyceride' these type of fats are known to help carry low density lipoproteins from our blood which are the ones that contribute to furred up arteries and high cholesterol. I also understand that these also increase our metabolism thus aiding weight loss.
AS I say - it's what I understand from stuff I've read. I'm not a nutritionist.
Hope it helps though. I have used it a lot over the past 3 months and have lost 2 stone so can't be that bad.
Hope that helps. Maybe Maddie can enlighten us further?
XXXX

gingerglow
over 3 years

i would be interested in hearing a reply to this as i have heard the same from different sources and to be honest it is a saturated fat....howver i do use it for cooking and it adds a lovely flavour and dont mind spending the extra pennies if its for health so i choose not to believe that its a myth but i would like to know have any studies have been done on this???