Magazine article Work & Family Life

Looking Doser at the Nature of Coconut Oil

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Looking Doser at the Nature of Coconut Oil

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You may have seen on TV or read on the Internet that coconut oil has "near miraculous" powers to help you do all sorts of good things, from "losing weight" to "curing Alzheimer's disease." But the Center for Science in the Public Interest has pushed back. It's saying the media hype is not supported by scientific evidence.

It seems there's a lot to learn about coconut oil. To begin with, the conventional kind is made from dried coconut that is pulverized, cooked and treated with chemicals to produce a refined oil for use in foods. It's often used in candies, coffee creamers and movie theater popcorn.

This variety has been found to significantly increase LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels in the lab animals that scientists use to study the effects of fats in humans, according to Cornell University researcher Tom Brenna. …

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