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04/02/2014 02:44 EDT | Updated 04/02/2014 02:59 EDT

Coconut Oil Benefits That Can Make Your Life Better

Is coconut oil good for you? That depends on who you talk to.

Superfood enthusiasts love the product, which has been used as skin moisturizer, cooking oil and as an ingredient in baked goods. They tout its ability to fight viruses, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure and much more.

But it isn't quite gaining full acceptance among medical experts. Coconut oil is more than 90 per cent saturated fat, which is generally considered a "bad" fat that increases cholesterol levels. In the Cleveland Clinic's comparison of olive oil vs. coconut oil, olive oil came out definitively on top for heart health.

Supporters, however, say that its saturated fat content isn't all bad. Medium-chain fatty acids make up about half of coconut oil's saturated fat, and those are easier to digest than long-chain fatty acids that you find in butter and other oils, but more study is certainly needed.

Though the debate around its healthy qualities persists, coconut oil's proponents have nevertheless found innovative ways to incorporate it into their lifestyles.

Here are several ways that coconut oil has been used to make people's lives better:

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