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To use or not to use coconut oil
Dr KK Aggarwal,  10 September 2018
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  1. The evidence for an increase in HDL-C with coconut oil comes from animal studies and small, nonrandomized studies of virgin coconut oil [Nutr Hosp 2015; 32:2144.].
  2. Virgin coconut oil is made using controlled temperature methods to retain the greatest amounts of phytosterols, tocotrienols, tocopherols, and other biologic active compounds in contrast to refined coconut oil
  3. Virgin oil may contain from 8 to 29 mg gallic acid equivalents per 100 g oil; in contrast, the refined counterpart contains about 6 mg equivalents per 100 g
  4. Saturated fatty acid content (92 percent) exceeds that of butter.
  5. Saturated fatty acids in coconut oil (primarily lauric, myristic) raise LDL-C concentrations [J Clin Invest 1988; 81:300.].
  6. High fat coconut oil can reduce lipoprotein (a) levels by 5 percent [J Nutr 2003; 133:3422.] but there is no recommendation to sue coconut oils to improve lipid levels.
  7. · In a review of eight clinical trials and 13 observational studies, coconut oil raised total and LDL-C more than cis unsaturated plant oils but less when compared with butter [ Nutr Rev 2016; 74:267.]. There is no current recommendation to use coconut oils to improve lipid levels.

( References taken from uptodate dot com)

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