Organic coconut oil is a healthy, delicious real food that is made almost entirely of saturated fat. One tablespoon gets its entire 120 calories from fat. Of those 14 grams of fat, 12 are saturated.
One serving has "60 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance" for saturated fat. Most people assume that the USDA's Recommended Daily Allowances are based on some type of clinical research. In actuality, they are pretty much pulled out of thin air based on the agency's goal of selling agricultural products. That is why you are told to eat six to 11 servings of grain per day, which will probably give you type 2 diabetes.
That saturated fat is what causes professional busy bodies like the Center for Science in the Public Interest to freak out over the coconut oil in products like movie theater popcorn. Part of the problem is that people still cling to the myth that fat in your diet becomes fat on your body, despite the fact that fat storage is primarily regulated by hormones. The other persistent myth is that saturated fat will clog your arteries and kill you because it is solid at "room temperature." Ironically, people making this claim will often point to solid fats like Crisco and margarine that are actually full of hydrogenated vegetable oils as evidence that natural saturated fat is bad for you.
This coconut oil was certainly solid when I took it out of the pantry,
Since I've been avoiding vegetable oils and eating a lot of natural saturated fat I've seen a dramatic improvement in my cholesterol ratios. The idea that fat will travel directly from your digestive system to your arteries where it will sit around and clog them up is based on a very dumbed-down view of how the body operates. And even if it was that simple, it would still defy common sense.
The temperature this afternoon was in the high 80s; about 10 degrees cooler than inside a human being's arteries. So I left a jar of coconut oil sitting on my back patio for a couple hours. It might have been solid at the "room temperature" in my pantry, but the high 80s was enough heat to make it totally liquid. Meanwhile, the day that the blood in your body reaches a "room temperature" in the 70s is the day that you will never again worry about what to eat anyway.