A new study indicates that consuming coconut oil results in significantly higher low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is known to contribute to cardiovascular disease.
This flies in the fact of the oft-held belief that consumption of coconut oil is good for the heart.
The research also finds that consuming coconut oil does not help shed unwanted kilograms.
The study – a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Circulation – reveals that coconut oil is high in saturated fat and, hence, may raise LDL cholesterol concentrations, known at times as ‘bad cholesterol’.
The researchers discovered that consuming coconut oil significantly increased LDL cholesterol by 10.47 mg/dL and HDL cholesterol by 4.00 mg/dL as compared with other nontropical vegetable oils.
The findings suggest that primarily consuming coconut oil over other vegetable oils could be a cardiovascular risk factor.
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