In recent years, coconut oil has been highlighted as a miracle multi-use product, not just being used in your favorite dishes or drinks like bulletproof coffee, but also as a teeth whitener, makeup remover, and moisturizer.
However, the American Heart Association (AHA) has recently updated its presidential advisory about dietary fats and cardiovascular disease, and coconut oil made the list among butter, lard (pork fat), beef tallow, palm oil, and palm kernel oil as one of the main sources of saturated fat to be avoided.
The advisory states that in a recent survey, 72 percent of Americans considered coconut oil healthy in comparison to 37 percent of nutritionists, which might be linked to how coconut oil is marketed to consumers.
According to the report, 82 percent of coconut oil is saturated, which can potentially increase LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The advisory reviews and discusses scientific evidence regarding saturated fats and their impact on heart health