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Coconut Oil

Introduction to Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a member of the family of tropical oils, which also include palm, palm kernel, cocoa, and shea nut oils. These oils have been used for centuries in the traditional diets of people living in tropical regions such as the Polynesian islands. Because these populations experience less of the diseases, such as heart disease, that are common in Western countries, some people believe that tropical oils such as coconut oil, especially in their natural state, can be part of a healthful diet. Currently, these oils are used in Western countries in small amounts, primarily in the production of processed foods.

Sources of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil may be found in many types of processed foods, including fried foods, crackers, desserts, candies, whipped topping, and non-dairy creamers. It is also available in some grocery stores for use in cooking.

Known Side Effect of Using Coconut Oil

Serious allergic reactions to coconut or coconut oil have been reported but are considered rare. People using large amounts of coconut oil in their diet should have their blood cholesterol levels checked regularly. At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with coconut oil.

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