Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' says Harvard professor

Glen Mclaughlin
August 23, 2018

Coconut oil is "one of the worst foods you can eat" and is "pure poison", a Harvard professor has said. On Monday, Business Insider brought Michels' comments to an English-speaking audience with an article about the lecture.

Michels is the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. On the other hand, foods that are high in unsaturated fat include oily fish, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and avocados. For her lecture, the researcher spoke at length about the many health myths surrounding coconut oil and while it's basically not healthy at all.

According to Michels, coconut oil is more risky than lard because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries. If a fat is saturated, that means it is molecularly structured so that each carbon atom in the fatty acid chain is linked to its maximum number of hydrogen atoms. The American Heart Association recommends the average person only consume around 11 grams of saturated fat per day, or about 5 percent of your total daily calories. "It has more saturated fat than butter or meat". However, the AHA has stated since the 1960s that saturated fat is detrimental to cardiovascular health. Her declaration falls in line with the American Heart Association's (AHA) updated guidelines. For example, a 2017 study in the journal The Lancet found that high carbohydrate intake in a population increased cardiovascular deaths in that group, but high saturated-fat intake did not. These included not breaking down carbohydrates by type (processed or whole grain?) and not taking into account that numerous populations studied were subsisting on a high-carb, low-nutrient poverty diet. Coconut oil contains more than 80% saturated fat, more than twice the amount found in lard, and 60% more than is found in beef dripping.

However, if coconut oil is something you would struggle to give up completly, the best step you can take is to moderate how often you indulge and lower your portions.

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"For the time being, if you like the taste of coconut oil, then, as with butter, it's fine to use it every now and then. I've never done one study on coconut oil". Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and absorbent nature, coconut oil is a great topical remedy or those who suffer from dry skin. "The smaller carbon bond that's found in medium chain triglycerides are found to be rapidly absorbed and metabolized by the body", said Konken. In fact, many so-called superfoods may not be all they're cracked up to be.

"We are well and sufficiently supplied", she said.

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. Some gargle or rinse their mouths with coconut oil calling it "oil pulling".

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