Know The Truth About The Coconut Craze

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There’s a lot of hype right now about coconut oil.  Is it healthy?  Should I use it instead of canola or olive oil? 

Coconut oil can be a good substitute for solid animal fats such as butter and shortening.  However, when compared to other plant oils, coconut oil is much higher in saturated fat and lower in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  It is recommended to consume LESS saturated fat and MORE monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for heart health and healthy cholesterol levels. 

Therefore, I would say use to coconut oil sparingly and keep canola and olive oil in your pantry as staples.