The following is quoted from the newsletter of well known Australian doctor, Dr Sandra Cabot, aka `The Liver Doctor’ / `The Weight loss Doctor’. This is not the whole coconut story, but it’s good to see a positive word for this amazing food.
You can consume as much coconut oil as you like – it has a minimal effect on cholesterol levels. Yes, it does contain saturated fat, but you get far more saturated fat whenever you consume sugar, grains, cereals and starches – your liver turns these carbohydrate rich foods into saturated fat.
Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides, which are quickly burnt off for energy. Your body does not tend to store these fats. If you eat too much of any food, you can gain weight. So for most people 2 to 3 teaspoons of coconut oil per day is a reasonable amount to consume. It is very filling.’