International Journal of Food and Nutritional Science
Acute Effect of Coconut Oil Consumption does not Affect Postprandial Human Cytokines in Healthy Overweight Women
- 1Federal University of Vicosa, Department of Nutrition and Health, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- 2Federal University of Vicosa, Department of General Biology, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Daniela Mayumi Usuda Prado Rocha, Av PH Rolfs s/n, Federal University of Vicosa, Department of Nutrition and Health, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, CEP: 36570-900, Brazil, Tel: 55 31 3899 3388; E-mail: email@example.com
Usuda Prado Rocha, D.M., et al. Acute Effect of Coconut Oil Consumption does not Affect Postprandial Human Cytokines in Healthy Overweight Women. (2016) Int J Food Nutr Sci 3(5): 1- 6.
© 2016 Usuda Prado Rocha, D.M. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsInflammation; Overweight; interleukin; Fatty acids; Coconut fat
The coconut oil is popularly recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties, but research has shown conflicting results. Thus, our aim was to assess the postprandial inflammatory response of moderate coconut oil intake. We evaluated the acute consumption of a breakfast, offered in a single day, containing 25 mL of coconut oil (test) or 25 mL of olive oil (control)on postprandial serum inflammatory cytokines (IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IFN-γ and TNF) in healthy overweight women. No change was observed in relation to the effect of fatty meals, the time and the interaction of both factors (meal x time). Thus, despite being a saturated fat source, coconut oil consumption did not promote an inflammatory response. Further studies are needed considering a larger intervention period to check long-term effect.