Assessment of Knowledge About Effects of Coconut Oil on Human Health Among Students of Hail University
International Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering
Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2019, Pages: 68-74
Received: Aug. 15, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 9, 2019; Published: Sep. 25, 2019
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Yomna Ali Moustafa Marzok Elkhateeb, Microbial Chemistry Department, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Division, National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt; Clinical Nutrition Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hail, Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Salma Bashir Alrashidi, Clinical Nutrition Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hail, Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ebtesam Hdeeb Alshammary, Clinical Nutrition Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hail, Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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For several years, Consumers were made to believe that coconut oil is deleterious to health as it would block the arteries and cause heart disease. In recent years Coconut oil is receiving attention as a Functional food oil and its consumption has dramatically risen. Coconut oil has been claimed to have beneficial effects on health. There are rarely published studies from Saudi Arabia exploring the awareness about benefits or risks of coconut oil. The objective of the present work is to evaluate the knowledge of students of Hail University about the effects of coconut oil on health with a comparison between females (scientific and Literary College) and males (scientific and Literary College). Also, this report aims to review the available literature about benefits and risks of coconut oil consumption and highlight its positive effects on health. Results of the present study was concluded that students of University have a moderate knowledge about effect of coconut oil on human health but the knowledge of female students more than male students. Comparison between students of scientific College and Literary College in level of knowledge about healthy importance of coconut oil show a none significant difference in all questions. The present work concluded that coconut oil is the best oil for health and reported the need to increase the knowledge of students about beneficial of coconut oil by distributing booklets or by health education program to highlight its positive effects on health and correct their thinking that coconut oil is harmful.
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Yomna Ali Moustafa Marzok Elkhateeb, Salma Bashir Alrashidi, Ebtesam Hdeeb Alshammary, Assessment of Knowledge About Effects of Coconut Oil on Human Health Among Students of Hail University, International Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2019, pp. 68-74. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbse.20190703.12
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