Is Coconut Oil Safe or Dangerous?


Coconut oil is all the rage these days. Apparently, it has miraculous properties that are useful for your skin, your butt, your teeth, your hair, your immune system, you name it. Oh, and it tastes and smells delicious as well.

But is coconut oil secretly dangerous? What are its so-called amazing benefits and uses? Let’s get to the bottom of this new craze and find out if coconut oil is all it’s cracked up to be.


  1. Annie says:

    Hi I love in the state of Maryland & make a lot of my own juice. Can I smash the flesh of the coconut to retrieve the oil?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can i substitute olive oil to coconut oil..can i take it one tsp.a day..and use as to brushing teeth too?..

    1. Anonymous says:

      Why don’t u use collate instead?

      1. Avoid using common tooth paste, if it has Fluoride in it. most people already have enough problems without using another Toxin.

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  4. banibrata Mukherjee says:

    If women world over come to know about the benefit of coconut oil ..what will happen to all the cosmetic companies world financial breakdown!

  5. Yes, Coconut oil is good for hair and skin

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes, coconut oil is good for hair & skin

  7. Davis says:

    Does it make your hair grow?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Pig Lard, Manteca, is so much better – in every way. Thats why God made more pigs than coconuts. Plus Bacon taste good.

    1. That may be okay if you believe in god, but coconut oil has other properties that lard doesn’t, and it proves it by not going rancid like lard. our family has been using coconut oil for yrs now and we’re in perfect health.

  9. Anonymous says:

    As you have all proven with your texts, this is why the verdict is still out on the healthiness and uses of coconut oil.

  10. Matt C says:

    I’ve been using coconut oil extensively since going to a Ketogenic lifestyle about 18 months ago. I use coconut oil to cook with, in my coffee each morning, and often just by the spoon. I consume about 5 – 6 tablespoons a day and feel absolutely incredible. The low carb and high fat has increased my mental clarity and my cholesterol ratio has gone from 3.2 to 1.7(very good). This is due to my HDL (good cholesterol) going from 66 to 95 and my LDL dropping just a tad. I feel healthy, alert, energized and received a clean bill of health from my doctor. I strongly recommend trying it out and seeing the results yourself. Good luck

    1. Same with me. Since I’ve been using Coconut oil and coconut sugar my high cholesterol cholesterol has dropped drastically.

  11. Fabio says:

    I agree that sunscreens are one of the causes of skin cancer which has exploded in number despite high use of sunscreens, campaigns, etc. The best way to tan is to keep moving – don’t lie there – and control the exposure over a few days. Using any oil to tan is mad – it only increases skin temperature and burns. Use the oil AFTER tanning.
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    1. wrong answer, start tanning by increasing the amount of time each day, and use Aloe Vera if you feel hot, or get burned, for a smooth skin and to keep it supple rub it with coconut oil, in evening.

    2. Ashley says:

      They did recommend putting the oil on after getting a sunburn, not during sun exposure. However, it does have a natural spf of about 3 so wearing it during sun exposure instead of your regular lotion that doesn’t have spf would be somewhat beneficial.

  12. Ruth Occean says:

    I love coconut oil

  13. Anonymous says:

    so much coco love!!!

  14. jack taylor says:

    that’s it, that’s all they have to say, it’s saturated fat? wow, somebody really doesn’t like the popularity of coconut oil, huh? Actually, saturated fat is good for you, don’t ever eat stuff that’s zero fat, your body needs fat (the good kind of course). Everything in moderation, folks. I use it to make popcorn, yum. Use on my face, great on hair too, and sometimes just eat a teaspoonful on it’s own, tastes great. Been doing that for 20 years or so.

    1. Kumar says:

      We have been using Coconut oil since 100s of years. We never experienced anything bad from it. It is absolutely a perfect natural food and oil for body. It keeps your skin beautiful, your hair and body very healthy. Other Oil manufacturers like Sunflower etcc.. and Skin care products manufacturers are giving a wrong propaganda about Coconut oil. It is very sad that original natural oil is not getting its importance.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am from Kerala(the land of coconut trees), also known as God’s Own Country. People there take fresh cocunts and carve the flesh inside and dry them in the sun and take it to the mill to press them. That’s how you get the fresh oil. People in Kerala use coconut and coconut oil for literally everything. I now live in the US but I cook with coconut and coconut oil almost everyday; we add fresh coconut flakes in our in veggie thorans(dry curries). Also, uses the oil when sautéing onions for both veg and non veg items and also to make so many delicious Kerala desserts. The aroma of heated coconut oil is so refreshing. We have been applying it on hair for as long as I could remember. Also, people in Kerala use this oil for massages. My mom takes fresh coconut oil and adds different leaves and herbs to create special oils for hair and also to treat skin disorders like Ezcema.

    We never buy the coconut oil from any store. I know coconut oil does not need any preservatives if kept in the right enviornment/temp but I don’t trust any Cocunut oil on the store shelves. For me, it has to come straight from our family’s backyard in Kerala. By the way, my cholesterol and Blood pressure levels are normal.

    1. Anon says:

      But I read somewhere there is an epidemic of heart disease in Kerala now? Can you please research and tell us.

      1. Chethan rajan says:

        True, heart disease has increased like never before. It is because we got richer and our dietary intake is mostly unhealthy food nowadays ( fast foods, beef, pork, chicken ) and we never exercise. It has nothing to do with coconut oil.

      2. JustMe says:

        Heart disease creeps in along with (a) sugar and refined carbs (b) smoking. Traditional cultures do not suddenly start having an epidemic of heart disease by sticking to their traditional diet.

    2. Anonymous says:

      where do you buy it at?

      1. Best price and Quality found at Costco, It’s cold pressed and organic, the word organic scares people, but it’s just a life style, once you start using organic products (increase in flavors, added unprocessed nutrition, excellent taste, and you need less to get the most out of your food), not to mention that it encourages sustainable farming, you get less herbicides and pesticides that are part of processed foods using GM crops (Monsanto and Bayer, Syngenta come to mind),, all products that help in decimating the bees and your health in the name of profits.

  16. Anonymous says:

    A Fijian once sed to me, we will never starve as a nation, we have coconuts 😓🌴

    1. Anon says:

      They say the land of kera (coconuts) , kerala is under some kind of heart attack epidemic. Can someone please advise, I am addicted to coconut oil in scrambled eggs

      1. lily says:

        Im pretty sure the epidemic of heart disease in Kerela is nothing to do with coconut oil is more to do with the fact they put refined sugar in everything! I just got back from kerela which was amazing and the food great. but the amount of sugar is insane. we had to constantly tell people no sugar in the fresh juices, tea etc.

  17. NiXe says:

    If saturated fat sooo bad for us, why do our bodies manufacture it? Mmmm?

  18. Tom waugh says:

    There’s a clinical trial underway at the moment, with the results due in a year, about the benefits of coconut oil on Alzheimer sufferers.

  19. Anon says:

    Hey guys n gals, try using coconut oil as spread instead of butter and be hooked forever !!

  20. sam says:

    Thought it was only bad when cooking above optimum heat; like a lot of oils! Don’t ask me what it is, can’t remember lol! Have to open the worlds healthiest foods to look! 🙂 (that wasn’t a plug) Just a book I have in my library.

    1. Ghost says:

      You need to keep temperatures below 350C = 662F or the oil can be toxic according to author of “The Coconut Miracle”