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Coconut Oil

Coconuts: all they're cracked up to be? A new study showing that coconut oil prevents tooth decay has added to the recent enthusiasm for all things coconut. Last year, supermodel Miranda Kerr piqued public interest in virgin coconut oil when she revealed that she will not go a day without it. "I personally take four teaspoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea" she said. But, as much as many have flocked to health-food shops with the hope of tapping into Kerr’s secret weapon, do new health claims about the once-maligned coconut oil and its trendy sibling, coconut water, stand up to scrutiny? The Many Benefits of Coconut Researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland say coconut oil treated with enzymes attacks Streptococcus bacteria – a major cause of tooth decay. "Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives,&q