Please Take A Deep Breath: Coconut Oil Is Not The Worst

Look, don’t drink it by the gallon but also it’s not all of a sudden poisonous.

You’ve probably heard recently that coconut oil is actually bad for you.

You've probably heard recently that coconut oil is actually bad for you.

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And the health advisory is itself the result of a study published in the AHA's journal Circulation.

This study (which you can download in full here) was actually an analysis of existing research, in which discussion of coconut oil takes up about a half page of the 18-page study. The authors conducted the review to clear up confusion “among patients, their physicians, and the public” about the relationship between dietary saturated fat and risk of cardiovascular disease.

This is all very confusing because isn’t coconut oil the elixir of the heavens? The chosen cooking oil of god himself? And also all the healthy people we all follow on Instagram?

This is all very confusing because isn't coconut oil the elixir of the heavens? The chosen cooking oil of god himself? And also all the healthy people we all follow on Instagram?

If you were under the impression that coconut oil was really healthy — or at least not super unhealthy — you're not alone. Last year BuzzFeed Health reported on a survey about people's perceptions of different foods' healthiness that found that about 70% of people thought that coconut oil was healthy, while only about 40% of nutritionists agreed.

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So, what is the actual deal with coconut oil?

So, what is the actual deal with coconut oil?

To get to the bottom of this, BuzzFeed Health reached out to registered dietitians Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition and Brian St. Pierre of Precision Nutrition.

It turns out there are a few things to know that actually complicate the “omfg news flash: coconut oil is really bad for you” conclusion (and probably got lost in the mix as the study was reported).

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