Now researchers say they don't see any benefits in using coconut oil versus other saturated fats like beef fat or butter. Data shows coconut oil increased bad cholesterol in seven out of seven trials. The AHA says high levels of "bad" cholesterol like in coconut oil can raise our risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Olive oil may be your best alternative. Coconut oil and olive oil are virtually the same when it comes to calorie content say experts.
One benefit the study did point out about coconut oil: it's the holy grail for hair and skin care.