Coconut oil has more saturated fat than pork lard, American Heart Association says

AHA: Coconut oil is 82% saturated fat
Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 17:00:19-04

Coconut oil, which is commonly sold as a healthier alternative to other oils, is just as unhealthy as beef drippings and butter, according to the American Heart Association.

The plant oil is packed with saturated fat, which can contribute to high cholesterol, BBC reported.

American Heart Association officials say there are no good studies to support beliefs that coconut oil is healthier.

Animal fats, like lard, are seen as unhealthy because of their high concentration of saturated fat, but the American Heart Association says 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated fat, which is more than butter, beef fat and pork lard. (Butter is 63 percent saturated fat, beef fat is 50 percent and pork lard is 39 percent.)

Some say the mixture of fats in coconut oil still make it a healthy choice, but the AHA says there is no research supporting this claim.

So what should you eat? Some experts say unsaturated vegetable oils like olive oil and sunflower oil are the best options.