1. Contains saturated fat but helps with weight loss
Yep! Coconut oil does contain saturated fat. Saturated fat should be avoided because it adds calories and can clog blood vessels.

Uniquely, the saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid or a type of medium-chain saturated fatty acid. Medium chain saturated fatty acids are actually easy to digest and can be directly processed by the liver to be converted into energy. Therefore, medium-chain saturated fatty acids can also help the weight loss process.

2. Increase cholesterol while lowering it
Consuming coconut oil can actually increase cholesterol levels in the blood, both bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL). Fortunately, LDL levels can be lowered thanks to the lauric acid content in coconut oil. Yeay!

3. Safe for frying
If you like fried food, coconut oil is a better cooking oil than palm oil. The reason is that coconut oil has a higher smoke point than palm oil.

The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil begins to smoke when heated.

As a result, coconut oil is not easily damaged when used for frying, and the fried results are also better (not burnt quickly). You can also fry up to 3 times using used cooking oil or coconut oil.

4. Can be a substitute for butter
Cold pressed coconut oil has a butter-like texture, so it can be used instead of butter for spreads on bread (it tastes better!), or as an ingredient in cakes.

5. Coconut oil is not virgin coconut oil
The coconut oil that you use for daily needs is not necessarily virgin coconut oil (VCO). VCO is pure oil extracted directly from fresh coconut meat without any heating process or adding any additives.

Although both can be used for cooking, including frying, VCO is more often used for health and beauty treatments, so the price is more expensive than ordinary coconut oil.

You can use VCO as a dressing for salads or spread on bread. Also mix a teaspoon of VCO for your cooking mix or your child's lunch for extra nutrition.