And here we were treating coconut oil as the holy grail of the "healthy" oils - with every #cleaneating recipe in recent memory subbing coconut oil in and butter or any other cooking oil out. But according to a new report by the American Heart Association coconut oil was found across seven controlled trials to "...significantly increase LDL cholesterol compared with olive oil." LDL cholesterol is "bad" cholesterol and high levels of it increase your chances of a heart attack.

Coconut oil has in the last few years become the essential beauty and healthy eating ingredient, the hero in everything from skincare to make-up to baked goods, and it appears only nutritionists knew the truth with the report stating, "A recent survey reported that 72 per cent of the American public rated coconut oil as a "healthy food" compared with 37 per cent of nutritionists." Which is a pretty huge difference.

The issue lies in the fact that coconut oil is 82 per cent saturated fat which is a higher concentration than butter (51 per cent saturated fat). And while our bodies need "good" healthy fats, saturated fats which come from foods like coconut oil and butter are total heart breakers. The authors of the report went on to say, "Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD (cardiovascular disease), and has no known offsetting favourable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil." Might be time to bring that bottle of olive oil out of culinary retirement.

Wait, what? This 'good' oil isn’t actually good for us at all?!