05 Mar '11, 1am

TODAYonline | Food | Loco over coco oil via @AddThis #health

A FEW years ago I noticed something odd at the health food store. There, rubbing elbows with the extra virgin olive oil and cold-pressed canola oil was virtually the last fat I expected to see in such esteemed company: Coconut oil. The last time I checked, coconut oil was supposed to be the devil himself in liquid form, with more poisonous artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack-causing saturated fat than butter, lard or beef tallow. Its bad reputation caused a panic at the concession stands back in 1994, when the Center For Science In The Public Interest put out a study claiming that a large serving of movie-theatre popcorn, hold the butter, delivered as much saturated fat as six Big Macs. "Theatre popcorn ought to be the Snow White of snack foods, but it's been turned into Godzilla by being popped in highly saturated coconut oil," Michael Jacobson, the executi...

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