Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims

Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims

So coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, and this is a bit different from other saturated fats which tend to be higher in long-chain triglycerides.

Michels said there were no studies that showed the health benefits of eating coconut oil and added the oil was more "dangerous" than other types of fat, Business Insider continued.

Michels went one step further than to recommend avoiding the foodstuff, saying "coconut oil is pure poison" and "is one of the worst foods you can eat".

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.

It is true that coconut oil has some intriguing qualities that, at first glance, make it seem like it's a healthy food.

Dr Michels just simply doesn't agree - she says it's even worse than lard (that thing you might remember from your granny's pantry, made from fat from the abdomen of a pig - gross we know). You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard.

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In regards to other foods like acai and matcha that have also earned the prestigious title of "superfood", Karin nothing bad to say yet simply suggested that their claimed nutrients are most often "sufficiently supplied" in more accessible foods like carrots, cherries, and apricots. "Coconut oil can be included in the diet, but as it is high in saturated fats should only be included in small amounts and as part of a healthy balanced diet", the British Nutrition Foundation said.

It does say the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil - if you have been scared off your good ol' coconut oil though.

Excessive amounts of saturated fats in a diet increases cholesterol, which can lead to blocked arteries and heart disease.

According to the AHA report "The Skinny on Fats", the new guidelines urge consumers to limit both saturated and trans fats. "In general, I recommend that people aim to get a wide variety of fats in their diet to get the balance of fatty acids our body needs". Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and absorbent nature, coconut oil is a great topical remedy or those who suffer from dry skin.

The problem with coconut oil is that it is made up nearly entirely of saturated fatty acids, which are known to clog heart arteries, raise "bad" cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease, Business Insider reported.

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