PAN Study Telegram #1

In this series, PAN member Cirus David Henn brings you close to the latest and most interesting scientific publications in the fields of nutrition and nutritional medicine.

This week’s topic: Coconut Oil and Heart Health
Coconut oil — some swear on its health properties and see it as a panacea. Others call it toxic and recommend avoiding it at all costs. But what does the best available scientific evidence say? A recent systematic review and updated meta-analysis provides us with comprehensive results from clinical trials.

With this format, we would like to present the latest research and discuss strengths and weaknesses of various levels of evidence and the respective scientific approaches and methods. First and foremost, we are interested in sparking the scientific discussion in the field of nutrition and medicine. As this is a platform for evidence-based nutritional medicine and the respective exchange needed to advance it, we happily invite you to join the respectful and constructive conversation below the video.

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The sources of funding for this study were the Population Health Metrics and Analytics Programme, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System, Singapore.

Main Study
Neelakantan N, Seah JYH, van Dam RM. “The Effect of Coconut Oil Consumption on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials”. Circulation. 2020 Mar 10;141(10):803

Journal Ranking

Pyramid of Evidence

PRISMA Guidelines
Causes of Death

25% to 30% of lauric acid absorbed through portal vein
Eyres L, Eyres MF, Chisholm A, Brown RC. Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans. Nutr Rev. 2016 Apr;74(4):267–80.

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