Can Coconut Oil Help With Weight Loss? Experts Break It Down.

Can Coconut Oil Help With Weight Loss? Experts Break It Down.

From bullet proof coffee to hair masks to cooking spray, there’s no doubt coconut oil is one of the trendiest sources of fat on the market.

The New York Times surveyed Americans and a panel of nutritionists in 2016 and found that 72 percent of people consider the oil to be healthy, which explains why there’s so many health and beauty products enriched with the magical ingredient.

But how many nutritionists from the survey categorized the oil as a health food? Less than 30 percent, likely because not many are aware that coconut oil is 90 percent saturated fat — the kind of fat that raises your cholesterol levels and increases your risk of heart disease.

The Presidential Advisory Board of the American Heart Association (AHA) went so far as to advise against consuming the fat all together in 2017, because of its ability to increase your “bad” LDL cholesterol to dangerous levels. Yet a disconnect still exists between experts and the general public about the health properties of the oil, specifically related to how it can help with weight loss.

According to certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle and president of the Coconut Research Center, the fat found in coconut oil can help your body burn fat, because the saturated fat found in coconut oil is made of different fatty acids than what’s found in other oils, like canola or avocado.


Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which takes another route through the digestive system and competes with glucose to become the body’s preferred energy source. The result? A metabolism boost and weight loss in key areas of the body, including dangerous belly fat.

But how much coconut oil do you need to have in a day to lose weight, and is it safe to be eating so much saturated fat? Here are the facts you need to know, according to experts.

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