How Healthy Is Coconut Oil, Everyday Diet?

Posted by Anonymous (Anonymous) on 09/03/2011

Hi Ted. My wife and I have just finished reading your articles on and you have really taken our interest in coconut oil. We are both life coaches and spiritual guides and therefore a lot of people count on us to give accurate and clear information. We have both heard of the health benefits of coconut oil and have done a lot of research regarding the subject. The article you wrote regarding the coma patients and cancer patients was very interesting.

What we would like to know is, should we take coconut oil every day in our diet? Is it a truly healthy thing for us?

We respect your opinion.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Coconut oil principally contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are easily broken down into short chain fatty acids for energy; while vegetable oils are long chains and are difficult to break down, added to my own fears of trans fatty acids in the majority of vegetable oils and the fact that the majority of our cholesterol comes from vegetable oils and not animal sources makes them a potential for clogging the blood vessels. The reason why is simple, trans fatty acids cannot be processed by the body and become waste products and get clogged.

What we would like to know is should we take coconut oil every day in our diet?

In people with Parkinson's for example they need extra energy and that is taken care of with coconut oil of 2 tablespoons, daily. So they are a more serious case. For most people it can be used in cooking so daily consumption can be 1 tablespoon easily in our foods.

Is it truly a healthy thing for us?

We need a spectrum of fats. Most notably hemp oil has the proper portions of essential fatty acids for human dietary needs, and the coconut oil, which contains medium chain triglycerides, and lauric acid (is anti-viral) and salmon fish oil that contains DHA and EPA, and Omega 3. The brain contains mostly fats, but especially needed is the granulated lecithin that helps carry the fats and builds the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves and prevents epileptic seizures.