Coconut milk and oil is not fattening but has been scientifically proven to reduce body fat through thermogenesis. It is also anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Fat is needed to be consumed with every meal as it acts as carrier for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Research has found coconut oil to be able to induce thermogenesis for effective weight-loss—
Combined medium-chain triglyceride and chili feeding increases diet-induced thermogenesis in normal-weight humans.
Postprandial thermogenesis in lean and obese subjects after meals supplemented with medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides.
Research on the nutritional characteristics of medium-chain fatty acids.
"Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) have attracted attention as part of a healthy diet, because they are absorbed and transported directly into the liver via the portal vein, metabolized rapidly by beta-oxidation, and increase diet-induced thermogenesis."
Research that found coconut oil to be more easily absorbed compared to other oils composed of long-chain triglycerides—
Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil
Overfeeding with medium-chain triglyceride diet results in diminished deposition of fat.
Medium-chain fatty acid nanoliposomes suppress body fat accumulation in mice.
Medium chain fatty acid metabolism and energy expenditure: obesity treatment implications.
Coconut oil is not unhealthy
In Sri Lanka where coconut oil is consumed as the main dietary fat, the country has the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in aging and arteriosclerosis.
"The Demographic Yearbook of the United Nations (1978) reported that Sri Lanka has the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease. Sri Lanka is the only of the countries giving reliable data where coconut oil (containing over 50% medium chain fatty acids) is the main dietary fat."