Coconut oil cures everything—at least that’s the way it looks these days. Healthy chefs cook with it; beauty buffs rub it all over their skin; proponents preach protective powers against diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes. (On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today.)
But does coconut oil really deserve to bask in the limelight? Perhaps not: a recent New York Times survey found that while 72% of the American population seems to think coconut oil is healthy, only 37% of nutritionists agree. And as for the research on whether or not the oil can fend off disease? That’s iffy, too.
So before you lather up, pig out, or crack open a jar, find out when to think twice before using.