Alternative fat: Is coconut oil healthy?

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Is coconut oil really as healthy as the advertising says? Is it worth spending a lot of money on this “superfood” because coconut oil helps you lose weight while dieting? According to current studies, the answer is: unfortunately not.

The basics in a nutshell:

There is no scientific proof that coconut oil is particularly healthy.
Coconut oil will not help you lose weight.
Coconut oil is relatively expensive and leads to long transport routes.
In moderation, coconut oil is a suitable ingredient for dishes because of its pleasant taste, but it is best to market it fairly and in organic quality.

What is the difference between coconut oil and coconut fat?

Virgin coconut oil is pressed from the fresh pulp of the coconut or extracted from coconut milk and is no longer processed. Depending on the ambient temperature, coconut oil is liquid, creamy or solid. It only melts and becomes liquid at about 23 degrees Celsius. We could therefore speak of coconut oil. Under this name, however, solid plates or cubes have been on the market for many years, which can be used for frying and frying without taste. In contrast to native coconut oil, the dried coconut pulp is pressed or extracted to obtain coconut plate fat and the oil obtained in this way is then highly processed. The smell and taste of the coconut is lost.

Coconut oil is not healthier than other oils.

Coconut oil is particularly popular with the Paleo diet – people trying to eat like people in the Stone Age. It should have a positive effect on blood lipid levels and help you lose weight. However, there is no scientific evidence that coconut oil can improve weight loss or have a positive effect on blood lipids. The so-called “health claims”, i.e. the health promises that coconut oil suppliers wanted to print on their products, have not been approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

Canola, walnut and olive oils are better for your health.
Coconut oil contains only a few unsaturated fatty acids and about 90% saturated fatty acids. Basically, a healthy diet should contain as many unsaturated fatty acids as possible. However, coconut oil contains a relatively large number of medium-chain fatty acids that are easy to digest and may not be stored by the body. But long-term studies are lacking for this theory, which explains that coconut oil is a miracle cure for weight loss.

In moderation, coconut oil is a suitable ingredient for Asian dishes because of its taste – but the best of all is fair trade and organic quality. However, at 11-25 euros per liter in organic quality, it is quite expensive. Rapeseed, walnut and olive oils provide more fats which are more beneficial to health and are cheaper. Coconut trees only grow in tropical regions, so transport routes are long.

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