Having putzed around the perimeter of coconut oil off and on for a few years, I was astounded to learn the other day that coconut oil has only 6.8 calories per gram instead of the usual 9! Boosters call it six, rounded down. Google "coconut oil" "6 calories", lots of sites supporting this. Even that any fat laid down from coconut is easier to remove because it has only about 2/3rds the calories. Allegedly this is due to being a medium chain fatty acid instead of long chain.
But if you go to your bottle of 365 brand (Whole Foods house) of virgin coconut oil, it says 120 calories per TBL, 14 grams of fat. My calculator says that's 8.6 calories per gram. And if you look at any of the vegetable fat's nutritional data, they all say that, give or take a calorie. (The same numbers are on a bottle of refined CO that I'm almost through with.) So, my questions are:
1. Is the oft used figure of 9 calories per gram of fat from any source really closer to 8.5?
2. If coconut oil is really 6.8, why doesn't the label show 95 calories? Is it federal regulations presuming all oils are the same and the distributors of CO can't do otherwise? Or their own ignorance?
3. If regular oils are really 8.5 and coconut oil 6.8, what effect does this 20% less have on our metabolism and diets?