Coconut oil can be used in moderation, Kandora says, but “it is not a magic bullet for anything that ails you. And for weight loss, there is no such thing as a magic bullet. Exercise and good nutrition are the keys to sensible and sustainable weight loss.”
Instead of using coconut oil, Kandora suggested people substitute olive oil, canola oil or avocado oil.
“A moderate use of coconut oil is OK,” says Kandora. “But one tablespoon of coconut oil is equal to 11 grams of saturated fat. That’s nearly the daily allowance set by the American Heart Association at 13 grams for a 2,000-calorie diet. Why risk it?”