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[Health] Is Coconut Oil As Healthy and Ethical As You Think?

 

Coconut oil is often touted as a 'magic bullet' for health - but what does the science say?

Is coconut oil healthy? Or is it simply the best of a bad bunch?

You can’t walk through a supermarket these days without seeing something made from coconuts. Coconut water, yogurt, milk, cheese — even coconut jerky. It’s an ‘it’ food if there ever was one.

But is coconut oil good for us? And what about its reported tie to monkey slave labor? Is coconut oil ethical?
Once shunned for its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is now found in health food shops and supermarkets across the globe.

Most vegetable oils (soya, olive, sunflower and rapeseed oils) contain less than 20 percent saturated fat. Butter contains more than 50 percent. But coconut oil clocks in at a whopping 86.5 percent saturated fat. So how is that healthy?

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