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3 February 2015

Coconut oil

Super food? Or just another food fad?

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Guy B.
28 Feb 2016
Effects on LDL cholesterol

While coconut oil and butter may have the potential to raise LDL cholesterol, their effect is to increase the larger and less damaging particles and NOT the vsLDL which is the substance that has potential to cause damage in arteries etc. It is vital to differentiate as just to say they increase LDL is misleading and simplistic.

Neil J.
29 Jul 2017
Ques for Guy.

Guy, what is your ref for the effect on LDL particel size? Thanks.

Paul & Karen C.
07 Feb 2015
Graph

Not much use without a key.
Coconut oil is also promoted as being higly beneficial to skin & hair. It is the most drying oil there is. If I use it, my skin literally flakes off, I can tell immediately if soap etc has coconut oil in it but it's getting harder & harder to identify & therefore avoid it.

Bruce B.
08 Feb 2015
graph

here here !!

Previous member
09 Feb 2015
re: Graph

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have added the key. Thanks, Kate- Consumer NZ staff.

Previous member
07 Feb 2015
Peter P.

It would be nice to know what the colours represent on the graph??

Bruce B.
08 Feb 2015
graph

As above

Previous member
09 Feb 2015
re: Peter P.

Hi Peter, the graph now has a key explaining what the colours mean. Thanks, Kate - Consumer NZ staff.

Laraine B.
07 Feb 2015
Coconut oil is extremely pleasant to use for cooking with,

which is more than I can say for rape seed oil (canola). I can't understand why this oil is considered so healthy. I used it over 20 years ago and got sick of my husband's complaints about the horrid smell. He doesn't complain about either coconut oil or dripping. The only other fats I use are butter and (in small amounts) olive oil.