Jesus Take The Wheel! Coconut Oil Reportedly ‘Pure Poison’

Henrietta Brewer
August 25, 2018

Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at Harvard's TH Chan School of Public Health, poured scorn on the superfood movement and singled out the fad for coconut oil in particular. The video of her lecture has amassed close to a million views and counting. Here's one damning statement from an AHA presidential advisory published just a year ago: "A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a "healthy food" compared with 37% of nutritionists".

"If you are eating Coconut Oil and using it to cook, you should consider getting your cholesterol checked", Segal said.

It's... complicated. On the one hand, experts like those at the American Heart Association (AHA) have raised deep concerns about coconut oil's health profile, especially compared to conventional wisdom.


"There has been speculation that some of the saturated fat present in coconut oil may be better for us than other saturated fats, but so far there is not enough good-quality research to provide us with a definitive answer".

Manufacturers and sellers of coconut oil usually argue the need to purchase this product that is its unprecedented use.

Translated by Business Insider, Michels argues "coconut oil is more unsafe than lard because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries".


Klatt cautions that we should not develop too strong of an opinion of it without more data. Foods with a high level of unsaturated fat include oily fish, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and avocados.

Most coconut oils that consumers buy in stores typically have 13% to 14% of the medium-chain triglyceride; therefore, people would have consume 150 grams or about 10 tablespoons a day to replicate the results. In fact, it has more than 80 percent saturated fat, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA). Dr. Michaels claims that coconut oil is even worse than lard (fat rendered from hog fat), once a hit among Housewives of the 1950-ies.

Yes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with known health benefits.


"Coconut oil can be included in the diet, but as it is high in saturated fats should only be included in small amounts and as part of a healthy balanced diet", the British Nutrition Foundation said. "HDL is called the "good cholesterol" because it helps to keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries, while LDL is called the "bad cholesterol" because it's the main source of cholesterol build-up and blockage in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke".

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