Nutting out the fat facts

Food fads come and go, and presently coconut and coconut products are centre stage.

Coconut is a plant food but it’s high in saturated fat. Recommendations are to reduce saturated fat to reduce heart disease risk,1,2 so the question is: Can people safely eat coconut or should it be avoided? 

All edible coconut products, from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), are high in fat, particularly the medium-chain saturated fatty acids,