In recent years, alternatives to fast food and prepared meals have included adding coconut and honey to a daily diet. Though high in saturated fat, coconut oil is used commonly in a nutritionist’s regimen. Mainstream professionals do not usually recommend coconut oil because of the saturated fat, but opponents claim it is not always wise to go along with mainstream trends. There is strong evidence explaining why.

There are studies that show there is not enough research available to conclude that saturated fat is really harmful. In 2010, Patty Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank Hu, and Ronald Krauss conducted a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies which evaluated the association between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. This study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted to test the general belief that reduced saturated fat intake would improve cardiovascular health.

Twenty-one studies were used with a random-effects model, for risk estimates for coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The conclusion found that there was no significant evidence supporting the general belief that saturated fat increased the risk for CHD or CVD.

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