A co-worker of mine is a born-again health nut, and I recently overheard him espousing to other co-workers that all their cooking should be done with coconut oil as it's full of "good" fats.
Knowing from a couple of sources that coconut oil's fat content is, by weight, more than 90% saturated fats, which are most definitely not "good", I raised my voice in dissent. Saturated fats and cardiovascular disease have been linked in multiple health studies, and so the FDA, USDHHS, and counterpart ministries of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and India all recommend minimizing saturated fat intake.
As backup for his claims, my co-worker referenced, wonder of wonders, Dr Oz. I have generally taken anything the good doctor says with more than one grain of salt, and I'm not alone: Popular Science and Salon (covering different extremes of magazine readership demographics) have both run columns with much the same conclusion; following Dr. Oz can be harmful to your health.
I might be able to agree with the claim that coconut oil, because its saturated fats are by definition not trans-fatty acids (only unsaturated fats can have a double C=C bond in the "tail" of the fatty acid, and thus exhibit cis-trans isomerism), might be better than partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils (such as margarine) which exhibit unnaturally high trans-isomer content. But to say unequivocally that coconut oil is good for you and you should replace as much of your fat intake as possible (such as from cooking fats) with coconut, when coconut oil has the highest saturated fat content of any vegetable oil, worse than butter, much worse than olive or canola, I just can't see eye to eye with this guy.
Putting the question to you, What studies, other than ones Dr Oz has authored or peer-reviewed, say that coconut oil is a healthy thing to be eating in lieu of other forms of fats, and have any of them been debunked, retracted or discredited by studies showing the exact opposite?