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Ask the doctor: The coconut craze

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Q. I have seen many products promoting the health benefits of coconut oil or coconut water. Is there any proof of those benefits?

A. Coconut oil proponents claim that it boosts the body's immune defenses and supercharges metabolism, among other things. Preliminary research suggests that coconut oil may have a healthy effect on your cholesterol profile, but it's too soon to be sure.

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