Can I use coconut oil on the RealDose plan?
It's absolutely fine (and preferred) to use Coconut Oil. It's extremely healthy. Yes, it has saturated fats, but they are "good fats". There are different types of saturated fats, certain types are "bad" and others good. The saturated fats in coconut oil and avocado can be very beneficial to your health.
Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) while most other fats, such as vegetable oils and animal fat, are long-chain triglyceride (LCT). The length of the molecule determines how the fat is metabolized.
MCT's are rapidly broken down, and the body burns them much like carbohydrates for energy. LCTs, however are deposited in your fat cells. You can eat much more coconut oil than other fats before your body will convert it into fat.
Keep in mind that even though coconut oil is a healthy fat, it does contain saturated fat so it should be used in moderation. It's recommended that you keep saturated fat content to 5% of your daily calories!