No, it's not necessary for health. It's just an oil that seems to be largely beneficial/benign, and most people like the taste of coconut especially in certain dishes. It seems to help some people stay warm or speed up their fat metabolism. But I think you can be perfectly healthy and never touch the stuff in your life.
I personally cook mainly with pastured butter and occasional bacon grease. I consume coconut oil pretty infrequently.
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I don't like it either. It gives me heartburn and make me very tired. Every few months I break down and I try it again convinced I'll like it this time - but it's always the same. I do like it in desserts - but rarely have them anyway.
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I only use the expeller-pressed stuff because I don't like the taste either. I use it for general high-heat frying where butter would not work well. All the perks of coconut oil, none of the taste.
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I love coconut oil, but like others have said, it's not a necessity. But, I'll say this: one of the doctors on Robert Su M.D.'s podcast mentioned how she fed her alzheimer's suffering husband coconut oil, and improved his memory function; he, and she also cut down the carbohydrate consumption. But, I think the overriding factor was the fact the husband consumed saturated fat, and increased cholesterol (how they agreed a lot of alzheimer's patients have sub-par cholesterol levels).
I'm always confused about the coconut oil in the coffee... what's the point of that anyway?