Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition

Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition

Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition

"Coconut oil is great for your face and your hair, but maybe not so much eating a bunch of it", said Konken. The beloved superfood/ kitchen staple for anyone who follows wellness trends and diets like Whole30, Paleo, and Keto might actually be awful for you.

Karin Michels, a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, made the controversial remarks during a lecture that was posted on YouTube and has been viewed almost one million times.

Thanks to its high levels of saturated fat, Michels argued, coconut oil is "one of the worst foods you can eat".

The fact that coconut oil isn't good for you "shouldn't be news", he said. The truth is that coconut oil is full of saturated fat.

However, there's no evidence suggesting coconut oil lowers the risk of heart disease - on the contrary, it may contribute to heart disease given its saturated fat content.

During a 50-minute lecture held in Germany last month, which has since gone viral on YouTube, a Harvard professor bashed one of millennials' favorite superfoods - coconut oil.

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Coconut oil contains 82 percent saturated fats and this is more than what is present in butter (63 percent).

But health professionals are sceptical as there is no study that has shown any significant health benefits of coconut-oil consumption. It's "one of the worst foods you can eat".

Coconut oil in particular also contains a unique saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), she adds.

It has also replaced many oils used in cooking. Because of these experiments, the organization recommends that people keep their daily calories from saturated fats at 5 percent to 6 percent of their daily calories. "This disconnect between lay and expert opinion can be attributed to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press", the report stated.

Coconut oil is rich is lauric acid. The oil has "no known offsetting favorable effects", the AHA said in an advisory previous year, and it could actually increase LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a cause of cardiovascular disease. It's important to know the different types of fat that we're looking at: "there's saturated fat, there's unsaturated fat, The unsaturated fat is what we consider heart healthy", explained Noel Konken, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health. That study actually injected rats with a synthetic chemical resembling the capric acid found in coconut oil. So if you're looking for higher smoke points and more neutral flavors than safflower oil is a good alternative if you're trying to stay away from chemically processed oils like Canola or vegetable.

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