Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison', According To A Harvard Professor

Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison', According To A Harvard Professor

Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison', According To A Harvard Professor

It is true that coconut oil has some intriguing qualities that, at first glance, make it seem like it's a healthy food. This became one of the most commonly cited coconut oil studies, but here's the thing: Coconut oil only contains 14 percent medium chain fatty acids.

A Harvard professor is throwing cold water over coconut oil.

She even considers coconut oil a worse choice than lard due to the overwhelming amount of saturated fatty acids it contains.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that people who routinely consume cheese, whole milk and other high-fat dairy products - in essence, products high in unsaturated fatty acids - are at no higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other illness than those who avoid such products.

The professor said the oil is worse than lard - made from pig fat - yet 70% of Americans believed it to be one of the healthiest oils available.

Previous year the AHA revised its stance on the oil and recommended that consumers stay away from the type of fatty acids it contains - mostly saturated fat.

Michels, who is also a director at the University of Freiburg, was giving a presentation entitled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors" in German when she made the case that the dietary and cosmetic ingredient is completely unhealthy for humans.

Michels was quick to point out that coconut oil could actually be more risky than lard. Coconut oil is rich in saturated fats, which puts it on the American Heart Association's (AHA) list of foods that are better to avoid.

For certain health food shops and wellbeing sites it is the panacea that helps everything from bad hair and mental grogginess to obesity and haemorrhoids. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat".

In fact, she said, "Coconut oil is pure poison", according to a translation by Business Insider.

"It's very straightforward. There's a huge amount of scientific evidence of many different types from population studies to experiments in animals to experiments in humans that show that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol", Sacks told Live Science.

We can't say we are surprised at Michels's findings - there was always something slightly unsettling about how solidified coconut oil looked.

But don't throw out that coconut oil just yet, because if you've been using the oil for its cosmetic benefits then it can't be taxing on your heart.

"For the time being, if you like the taste of coconut oil, then, as with butter, it's fine to use it every now and then".

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