When Donald Palmquist started working at Whole Foods in Louisville seven years ago, few people requested coconut oil.
“We had one small shelf of coconut oil products, but that’s changed dramatically,” Palmquist said. Today the demand for coconut oil products is so great the store carries eight to 10 different brands, filling three full shelves, and sometimes that isn’t enough.
In health circles, the benefits of coconut oil remain a subject of debate, with some doctors saying more studies are needed to prove claims that it boosts energy, lowers cholesterol and helps you lose weight.
But that hasn’t slowed the demand for the tropical oil made from the dried fruit (nut) of the coconut palm tree.
Until recently, coconut oil was considered a highly saturated and, therefore, an unhealthy fat. But customers are snatching it up for use on their skin, in their hair, for cooking, making smoothies, improving athletic performance and for a variety of other reported health benefits.
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