Q: "What's all the buzz about coconut oil? Can it really help you lose weight, fight heart disease and do all the other things people are claiming? And what about coconut water – is there any benefit to drinking it?"
Answered by Jamie Libera, RD, LD, cardiac dietitian, Providence Nutrition Services
My patients ask me about coconut oil all the time. They see talk shows and websites claiming that it helps with everything from losing weight to preventing diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease and a host of other ailments.
If only losing weight and avoiding disease were that easy.
Unfortunately, there just isn't much credible research to support these claims – not yet anyway. Scientific knowledge is always evolving, and as a dietitian focused on preventing and treating heart disease, I will be watching this issue closely. But for now, here's what the most current, science-based evidence tells us:
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