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It’s been several years that we’ve heard of coconut oil as the magic fat that is plant based and healthy and another superfood. We know from dietary recommendations that fats that come from plants are healthier than those that come from animals. The food industry is aware of that and, hence, is promoting vegetable oils as the better fat. Which is also correct. However, there have been two oils in particular that have made it into almost every product. Palm oil and coconut oil. Both come from plants. Both are pretty stable oils, solid at room temperature. And both contain mostly saturated fatty acids. This is an important difference to other vegetable oils such as olive or canola oil, walnut oil or linseed oil. Those oils are liquid at room temperature, contain mostly unsaturated oils which are said to be beneficial for humans. Read more »

Many people go to the supermarket, look at a label on the package but don’t really know how to read a nutrition facts label. Others are advised to use the food label because they are intolerant or allergic to some nutrients and need to identify the foods they can eat. And then there’s another group – athletes often included – who want to cut back on hidden calories and fats and want to make sure what they buy is healthy and without additives.

 

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