Coconut oil is considered a healthy superfood, is touted to strengthen the heart and circulation, and is even said to help with weight loss. Coconut oil is extracted from the flesh of the coconut, which is found in many tropical regions. The oil consists mainly of saturated fat and contains high levels of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are processed differently by the body than other fats.
The question of how healthy coconut oil is is controversial. On the one hand, the oil actually contains healthy ingredients such as MCT and antioxidants. On the other hand, the high proportion of saturated fatty acids is controversial, as these are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Due to its high smoke point, coconut oil is particularly suitable for frying and baking. It gives dishes an exotic taste and, due to its composition, has a longer shelf life than other oils.