Harvard professor says coconut oil is ‘pure poison’

The facts behind coconut oil is ‘pure poison’ claim	 	 	 			Getty Images

The facts behind coconut oil is ‘pure poison’ claim Getty Images

The wonder oil according to a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public health, Karin Michels has been proven to be one of the worse substances to be eaten.

And coconut oil raises the risk for heart disease.

Interestingly, a video of her speech which was uploaded on YouTube has now received over 900,000 views.

Despite the saturation fat, health experts say there is no need to completely avoid coconut oil if you like the flavor, just use it in moderation or as an occasional treat. It contains more than 80% saturated fat, 2 times more than lard, 60% more than beef, and one - third- than butter.

With purported health benefits including invigorated fat burning, increased satiety and boosted brainpower, coconut oil has become a staple of the health food aisle.

Coconut oil has a long history of use in some parts of the world, particularly in Kerala, a tropical state in southern India.

"What we do know is that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats like vegetable oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil - and their spreads - has been shown as an effective way to help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, so this would be a healthier choice".

In recent years the coconut oil began to gain popularity. Most agree, though, that we should ditch saturated fats for unsaturated ones, and that includes ditching coconut oil.

"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", said Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation. As CNN reports, almost three-quarters of Americans believe coconut oil to be healthful. Coconut oil could also be confused with other coconut-based products.

Saturated fats are the ones that tend to hang around in your arteries and lead to heart disease, according to health experts.

However, this is where things get tricky.

"There's been debate about the role of HDL", Dr. Willett said.

There is also little actual quantified research when it comes to the effects of coconut oil on the body.

"I like to use coconut oil in place of butter not with butter, in place of butter", said Dr. Oz.

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