Hi, there are many books written on the benefits of organic extra virgin coconut oil. The saturated fat in coconut oil is not the "bad" kind of saturated fat found in animal flesh/lard/butter/ etc. To put it simply, the saturated fat in coconut oil is easily metabolized by our body, and has been touted to improve our metabolism, help in weight loss, have antimicrobial properties, etc.
It is also often used in vegan soaps and shampoos.
Many people believe in the great benefits of coconut oil. It has a mild coconut flavour which can be very delicious when added to salads together with lemon juice, or can be used in making raw food desserts.
However, raw food purists believe that all processed foods (including oils) should not be in our diet. Oil is processed because it is without fiber, minerals, vitamins from the plant itself. 1 tablespoon of oil is simply 1 tablespoon of fat. So it is up to you whether you want to use it. :) I'd argue that coconut oil is less harmful than other types of oil, if you want to include it in your diet.
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