Coconut oil is 'pure poison', says Harvard professor

Henrietta Brewer
August 22, 2018

So coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, and this is a bit different from other saturated fats which tend to be higher in long-chain triglycerides.

The title of the video, which has over 400,000 views, is "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors".

There's not a single study showing any significant health benefits to coconut oil consumption; in fact, coconut oil is more unsafe than lard according to Michels, as it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids - acids that can clog the coronary arteries.

She said that the oil is full of saturated fats and essentially "one of the worst foods you can eat".

During a German lecture last month by professor Karin Michels of the department of epidemiology, Michels said coconut oil was "pure poison", Business Insider reports. It's "one of the worst foods you can eat".

It has also replaced many oils used in cooking.

Love coconut oil? Not so fast, because the world's superfood and miracle cure-all might not be so fantastic after all.

She also added that other perceived "superfoods" like acai or chia seeds contain the same nutrients more easily available by eating carrots, cherries or apricots. "People think of the benefits of coconut oil, thinking it has fewer calories, helps you lose weight, some people like the flavor of it, but we still have to consider it as a saturated fat", she said.

Their official recommendation states, "For people who need to lower their cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends reducing saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of total daily calories".

Excessive amounts of saturated fats in a diet increases cholesterol, which can lead to blocked arteries and heart disease.

It says the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil.

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. Not unlike lard, at room temperature Coconut oil is solid and that's due to its high sat-fat content. Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts University professor of nutrition science and policy who is vice chair of the federal government's dietary guidelines advisory committee, recently told The New York Times "there's virtually no data to support the hype".

USA Today reported 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, which is way above that in butter (63 percent). "Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD, and has no known offsetting favourable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil", the review concluded.

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