Medical Definition of Tropical oil

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Tropical oil: Coconut, palm kernel or palm oil. Like all fats and oils, these three oils contain various types of fatty acids but, unlike other plant oils, they contain a great deal of saturated fatty acids. Coconut oil is 92%, palm kernel oil 82% and palm oil 50% saturated fat. These oils are found in commercial cakes, cookies and "snack foods."

The American Heart Association advises people to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diet, because it tends to raise blood cholesterol levels. The AHA recommends limiting the consumption of foods that contain tropical oils.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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