Products containing coconut, coconut oil, and coconut milk are popping up everywhere, with marketers claiming it’s the latest “superfood.” But coconut may not be all it’s cracked up to be. The FDA recently warned that coconut products can’t be labeled as “healthy” if they contain more than 1 gram of saturated fat or more than 15% of calories come from saturated fat. Some have claimed that the saturated fat in coconut is different because it’s mostly lauric acid, which a few small studies suggest is metabolized differently than other saturated fats. But the FDA isn’t buying that argument, noting that some coconut products contain as much as 16 grams of saturated fat per serving.
Health & Nutrition Letter from Tufts University