Truth: There is not sufficient scientific evidence to prove that coconut oil can decrease belly fat. Also, this popular oil is not necessarily heart healthy either. Only 1 tablespoon of coconut oil provides 12 grams of saturated fat, which is more than half the amount recommended by the American Heart Association. Heart healthy oils, such as olive oil and canola oil, have been linked to lowering LDL and total cholesterol. These oils would be a better choice for those at risk of cardiovascular disease. While coconut oil can be delicious, this oil should not be chosen for the perceived health benefits. All plant-based oils can be beneficial when consumed in moderation (1-2 tablespoons per day).
Learn more from our blog post: How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil for Better Heart Health