What’s the obsession with coconut oil?

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In your hair, on your body, in your food or coffee or as a cooking oil, it’s commonly thought that coconut oil can do the trick for many of our ailments and can make our food or drinks even more delicious with its texture, taste.

However, there aren’t many studies that show that there are actual health benefits from consuming or using coconut oil.

“There is no convincing evidence of any health benefits. Many claims on websites and in commercial literature have said that coconut oil is a healthy fat in terms of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, helping with weight loss, and increasing satiety,” said Peggy Crum, MA, RD, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for Health4U, MSU’s health promotion program for faculty, staff, graduate student employees, and retirees in an email.

Crum says that a rise in popularity is related to health claims that are lacking consistent evidence.

The oil, made from compressing the “meat” or insides of a coconut, has become  popular on social media, as a sort of be-all, end-all solution to any ailment.

While there might not be credible information on potential health benefits from using coconut oil, that doesn’t mean that its popularity isn’t booming.

According to USA Today, seven years ago, few coconut oil products were requested at Whole Foods, resulting in a small selection. Today, the store carries eight to 10 different brands on three full shelves, which isn’t always enough.

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