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Is organic coconut oil good for you?

Organic fruits and vegetables have not been proven to be more nutritious for you than traditionally harvested fruits and vegetables. Some have expressed concern that pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables cause adverse health effects, but little evidence supports this. In fact, see just how many fruits and vegetables you would need to consume to even come close to anything that might be harmful. Therefore, organic and traditionally farmed coconut oil are nutritionally similar. Be aware, however, that coconut oil contains a large percentage of saturated fat (it is recommended that <10% of your total calories come from saturated fat) and should be consumed in moderation. Also, oils do not count towards your daily fruit & veggie recommendation. See our nutrition database for the nutritional benefits of coconuts.
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