Coconut oil was erroneously thought to be bad because of its saturated fat content. It is not so anymore; coconut oil was identified to have a distinctive form of saturated fat which in reality facilitates the prevention of heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries. The saturated fat in coconut oil is unlike the fat found in meat or other vegetable fats. An additional hard to believe detail about coconut oil is that even though it is a fat, it essentially promotes weight loss! All because of the healthy medium chain fatty acids coconut oil contains. These medium chain fatty acids accelerate the metabolism, burning more calories and promoting weight loss. These fatty acids do not flow in the bloodstream like other fats, however they are sent directly to the liver where they are instantly renewed into energy. So the body uses the fat in coconut oil to produce energy, rather than be stored as body fat. 3 to 4 tablespoons a day of coconut oil will be plenty to supply enough fatty acids accelerate the metabolism and lauric acid to build the immune system.
Also, look for unrefined, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil. Stay away from all hydrogenated oils, whether it is coconut oil or vegetable oils. Hydrogenated oils are oils with trans fatty acids, which have been altered from their original chemical composition (Refined, Bleached, Deodorized), and have been shown to raise serum cholesterol levels that can lead to heart disease.