By now, you’ve probably heard of the wonders of coconut oil. People all over the world are starting to use this oil in cooking, skin care, beauty products, and home remedies. With the sudden emergence of coconut oil products in a short amount of time, we have yet to see the long-term effects that coconut oil may bring. We have learned over years of research that too much of anything is a bad thing, so what are the dangers that excess coconut oil may bring?
1. High cholesterol levels
While coconut oil does give ‘good’ HDL cholesterol a boost, it can still raise ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels as well. That’s because coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat—even more than butter—and saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol. According to Walter C. Willett, M.D. of Harvard School of Public Health, “coconut oil is (not) as healthful as vegetable oils like olive oil and soybean oil, which are mainly unsaturated fat and therefore both lower LDL and increase HDL.” Since the long-term effects of coconut oil on cholesterol levels has not been researched extensively, it’s best to use coconut oil sparingly.