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Coconut oil is ‘as bad for you as beef dripping and butter’ heart experts warn

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According to the American Heart Association coconut oil is packed full of saturated fats and raises your risk of “bad” cholesterol

TRENDY coconut oil is just as bad for your heart as beef dripping and butter, US experts say.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA) coconut oil is packed full of saturated fats and raises your risk of “bad” cholesterol just as much as other saturated fats.

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Using coconut oil is just as bad for you as butter and beef dripping, experts have warned

The finding is part of a new AHA advisory paper on replacing saturated fats to lower the risk of heart disease.

Coconut oil is commonly sold as a healthy alternative but Dr Frank Sacks, lead author of the advisory paper, says that claim is simply not pushed by scientists.

According to the paper, coconut oil is 82 per cent saturated fat compared to canola oil which is just seven per cent saturated fat.

The same paper also advises replacing saturated fats such as butter, lard, beef dripping and palm oil with healthier oils such as soybean oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil and walnuts.

Saturated fats raise the risk of LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol.

High levels of bad cholesterol can increase the risk of atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries), heart attack, stroke and other heart diseases.

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