Is coconut oil a superfood or dietary scourge?

Is coconut oil a superfood or dietary scourge?

Is coconut oil a superfood or dietary scourge?

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.

"Coconut oil raises total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)", Julie Anne explains.

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

"Coconut oil is pure poison", she said, adding that it is "one of the worst foods you can eat". During her talk, Michels says that coconut oil is even more harmful than lard since it exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, which can clog the arteries.

This isn't the first time coconut oil has come under scrutiny, leaving many questions about its health benefits versus risks. A 2016 survey in the New York Times suggested that 72% of Americans think coconut oil is healthy, versus only 37% of nutritionists polled.

"This is ridiculous - coconut oil is NOT "pure poison"... or thousands of South Indians who use it in everyday cooking wouldn't be alive.

So, what are the facts surrounding coconut oil?

For certain health food shops and well-being websites, coconut oil is the solution for everything from bad hair and grogginess to obesity and hemorrhoids. The evidence supports replacing the saturated fats in your diet with unsaturated fats and completely avoiding trans fats.

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Coconut oil may be harming your health rather than benefiting it if the statements of a Harvard professor are to be believed.

"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.

Does coconut oil have some health benefits?

It has proved to be hard to rank all the different types of oil.

Other research specifically on coconut oil has explored its effects on metabolism, appetite and cognitive function - but "you can't infer from. studies what coconut oil will and will not do".

Other experts back these claims up. It not only use in food but also used in cosmetics (against the last administration, scientists do not mind).

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

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