Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap over the years – being touted as bad for you since it contains saturated fat.

Although federal dietary guidelines recommend consumers limit saturated fat to less than 10% of daily calories, nutritionists have noted that not all saturated fats are the same, which has caused scientists to backtrack on their previous reports against using coconut oil – making it a great choice for those on Phase 3 of the HCG Diet.

The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and doesn’t increase bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood. Some saturated fats, like those in coconut oil, boost immunity, fight aging and increase the level of metabolism, helping you to lose weight.

One of the best reasons to use coconut oil is the taste it adds to food, particularly virgin coconut oil, during Phase 3 of the HCG Diet. The fact that it’s healthy, does not go rancid and is easy on the pocketbook just adds to its appeal. It’s been shown to be very useful in reducing weight because it contains short and medium-chain acids that help in removing excess weight by increasing body metabolism. Studies have shown that people in tropical coastal areas who primarily use coconut oil for cooking are normally not overweight, further proof that coconut oil can help you manage your weight. Vegans have particularly embraced using coconut oil in cooking since it can be used in place of butter in many recipes.

Other noted health benefits of coconut oil include improved digestion, increased immunity, stress relief, hair and skin care, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, bone strength, and diabetes. Although coconut oil isn’t to be used during Phase 2, it’s an oil that tastes great, has all these benefits AND helps you lose and maintain weight in Phase 3 of the HCG Diet? What’s not to love about coconut oil?