Dear Lucy: My Facebook friends keep posting links to articles about the incredible health benefits of coconut oil. According to these articles, it can help you lose weight (especially belly fat), cure a variety of skin problems (acne, eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, stretch marks), give you shiny hair, and ward off all kinds of physical ailments-Alzheimer's, UTIs, heart disease, and more I can't remember at the moment. A few of my friends are even giving it to their pets. One is using it as a deodorant.
Is there any truth behind any of these health claims, or have all my friends been duped by some nefarious international coconut lobby? -Coco Nut