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April 8, 2020

Coconut Oil’s Health Halo a Mirage, Clinical Trials Suggest

JAMA. 2020;323(16):1540-1541. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5186

Clinical trials don’t support the public’s positive perception of coconut oil, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis suggests. The study, published in Circulation, found that compared with other vegetable oils, coconut oil increases low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)—the “bad” kind that ups cardiovascular disease risk—while offering no improvements to weight, blood glucose, or inflammation markers.

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