Is Coconut Oil Really That Bad? Let's Look At The Facts

Is Coconut Oil Really That Bad? Let's Look At The Facts

Is Coconut Oil Really That Bad? Let's Look At The Facts

The professor said, among other things that 'coconut oil is pure poison, ' and it is one of the worst foods one can eat.

Michels made the statement in a recent lecture titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors" at the University of Freiburg, where she holds a second academic position as director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour Epidemiology.

Michels says that, due to saturated fat content, coconut oil amounts to "pure poison" and should be anathema to the public health campaigns it now drives.

Distribution of coconut oil began in the early 2000s after two research scientists at Columbia University have shown beneficial effects of fatty acids contained in the coconut.

"Coconut oil is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum in terms of types of fats".

Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence of the significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption. "It's probably better than partially hydrogenated oils, [which are] high in trans fats, but not as good as the more unsaturated plant oils that have proven health benefits, like olive and canola oil", Willett has previously told CNN.

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

CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula pointed out that coconut oil is 80 percent saturated fat, which is similar to butter, which is about 60 percent saturated fat, or beef fat, which is about 40 percent saturated fat.

Most dietary guidelines suggest to restrict the amount of saturated fats you have in your daily diet, and instead opt for unsaturated oils when possible. As CNN reports, almost three-quarters of Americans believe coconut oil to be healthful.

In the U.S., coconut oil sales appear to have peaked in 2015 at $229 million, according to the market research firm Spins.

"We know that diets high in saturated fat are associated with increased non-HDL cholesterol in the blood, and high cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke".

Over the past few years, using coconut oil in cooking and baking has become a popular food trend.

What to look for when purchasing coconut oil and how much to consume?

In small amounts, however, coconut oil can have a place in one's diet.

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