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August 2000 Issue

Is the Fat in Coconut a Calamityor Merely Misunderstood?

Q. Is it true that the fat in coconut raises blood cholesterol? A. Unfortunately, yes. Whether that means fresh coconut can cause cholesterol to skyrocket is not quite so clear. Comparison of Coconut Products (Products are listed by fat content, from least to most. Serving size is 1/2 cup.) Product Total Fat (grams) Saturated Fat (grams) Calories Coconut water* 0.24 0.21 23

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