Coconut oil is a poison, a scientist at Harvard University

Ben Davidson
August 29, 2018

"There is to date no strong scientific evidence to support health benefits from eating coconut oil".

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.

During a lecture at a German university, Karin Michels said health claims surrounding coconut oil are "absolute nonsense". "Just don't jump on superfood bandwagon with your coconut oil pastas, coconut oil lattes, coconut oil brownies yeah?" food writer Sejal Sukhadwala tweeted in response to Michels' claim.

After being worshipped as the "holy grail" product for skin, hair and even health for years, this oil came under fire after the American Heart Association issued an advisory regarding the same in 2017. She based her statement on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil that can have a damaging effect on your body. The video has almost a million views on YouTube.

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. Yes, that coconut oil. Michels went a step ahead and declared coconut oil being pure poison.

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The saturated fat in coconut oil is what leads to LDL cholesterol, also known as the "bad" cholesterol.

The oil used in the research is a special 100 percent medium-chain coconut oil.

This will be a shock for some people who regularly use coconut oil in their food. Since, he also claimed that due to the presence of saturated fatty acids it clogs coronary arteries, which is bad for the heart.

The answer is somewhere in the middle.

"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". Coconut oil has been recommended for centuries in Ayurveda attributing several healing properties to it.

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