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Can Coconut Oil Yield Supermodel Figure?

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Victoria's Secret supermodel -- and recent mother Miranda Kerr -- revealed her most prized beauty secret last month: coconut oil.

Kerr, who gave birth to a son she had with Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in January, told readers of Australian Cosmopolitan that coconut oil was the key to her clear skin, shiny hair and trim figure, saying she takes four tablespoons per day, either on salads, in her cooking or in her cups of green tea.

But can coconut oil really give you a supermodel body?

"I don't think so," said Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "I can't say I'd want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly."

Ayoob said coconut oil is simply a saturated fat, with a high calorie count and few vitamins and minerals.

"You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet," Ayoob said. "I don't know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat."

One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Kerr's daily dose of four tablespoons would mean she was consuming 468 calories, in addition to the calories from the rest of her diet. "And she's getting 2½ times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day," Ayoob said.

So what options do dieters have without Kerr's remedy? "As a 150-calorie treat, I'd rather go for an ounce of dark chocolate," Ayoob said. "It probably has more nutritional benefit than coconut oil. And it's certainly going to be more satisfying."

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