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Cooking oils tend to get their name from the nuts, seeds, fruits, plants, or cereals they're extracted from.
They're characterised by their high-fat content, including saturated fa...
Fat molecules are made of chains of fatty acids that are held together with single bonds (saturated) or double bonds (unsaturated.)
There are three types of fatty acids: Short, medium, and long chain.
Studies show that coconut oil increases harmful cholesterol (LDL -low-density lipoprotein) and beneficial cholesterol (HDL - high-density lipoprotein). They also contain a high amount of lauric acid, which raises HDL levels in the blood more than LDL levels.
But lauric acid is not that healthy. It is categorized as a C12 fatty acid and is at the limit of a medium-chain fatty acid. Roughly 70% of C12s act as long-chain fatty acids, which are stored in the liver as fat, and over time, can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.