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Is coconut oil a good choice for heart health?

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Coconut oil packs the highest amount of saturated fat. It’s easy to be tempted by a great flavor boost, but too much saturated fat is a heart health no-no. Stick with traditional, nontropical vegetable oils. Olive and canola are better options. If you want to give coconut oil a try, use it sparingly for light sauteing, low-heat baking, and in sauces.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Healthy Cooking: Oils 101,” “Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Which is Heart-healthier?”

American Heart Association: “Fats 101 Q&A,” “Potassium and High Blood Pressure.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Magnesium.”

News release, King's College London.

Psaltopoulou, T. , October 2004. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Ros, E. , July 2010. Nutrients

Salazar, M. April 26, 2005. Journal of Ethnopharmacology,

News release, American Heart Association.

Bakhtin, I. , 2006. Vopr Pitan

Nurul-Iman, B. 2013. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Healthy Cooking: Oils 101,” “Olive Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Which is Heart-healthier?”

American Heart Association: “Fats 101 Q&A,” “Potassium and High Blood Pressure.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Magnesium.”

News release, King's College London.

Psaltopoulou, T. , October 2004. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Ros, E. , July 2010. Nutrients

Salazar, M. April 26, 2005. Journal of Ethnopharmacology,

News release, American Heart Association.

Bakhtin, I. , 2006. Vopr Pitan

Nurul-Iman, B. 2013. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on June 13, 2018

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