Do Coconut Oil and Coconut Water Provide Health Benefits?

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Do Coconut Oil and Coconut Water Provide Health Benefits?

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Janis Spencer

The naturopath, alternative medicine folks (and guys like Dr. Oz) say its healthy.

The traditional medical doctors say is unhealthy due to saturated fat (they say dont fall for the hype that saturated fat is super good for you). google street view

Both sides provide lots of scientific evidence on why they are ‘right’

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Lately, the nutritional components of the coconut have been promoted for health or fitness reasons: Coconut oil, despite containing mostly saturated fat, is claimed to be more healthful than saturated fats from other sources. And coconut water is advertised as a refreshing, electrolyte-rich drink suitable for replacing sports drinks such as Gatorade. U.S. News’s Katherine Hobson looks for evidence supporting the supposed health benefits of coconut oil and coconut water. The fatty acids in coconut oil are primarily medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are shorter than the long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) found in other fats and oils. MCTs are more easily metabolized by the body, Hobson writes. Some claim that those MCTs can turn up the temperature of your metabolic furnace, thereby promoting weight loss. But while animal studies suggest some weight-loss effects from substituting MCTs for LCTs, preliminary human studies have not, says one expert. Not to be confused with the far richer

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