Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

A Harvard Prof Warns That Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’

Dr Karin Michels who also heads up the tumor research center at the University of Freiburg made the statement in a 50-minute talk in German last month A Harvard professor just busted the myth that coconut oil is good for you, calling it 'pure poison'
Steve Townsend | 22 August, 2018, 22:21

In general, coconut oil tends to be known as a bit of a superfood, hailed as the "healthy" alternative to regular cooking oil, olive oil, and the like.

There's not a single study showing any significant health benefits to coconut oil consumption; in fact, coconut oil is more risky than lard according to Michels, as it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids - acids that can clog the coronary arteries.

The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory conducted a review of existing data on saturated fat and found that coconut oil appeared to raise "bad" cholesterol in clinical trials, USA Today reported.

But don't throw out that coconut oil just yet, because if you've been using the oil for its cosmetic benefits then it can't be taxing on your heart.

And while the coconut oil debate has been raging on for many years now, we didn't really have any definitive proof as to whether the stuff was a help or a hindrance when it comes to delicious skin and healthy eating.

A lecture from a Harvard professor blasting the popularity of coconut oil has gone viral on YouTube, garnering almost 1 million views since it was posted in July. "When we're talking about coconut oil, this is a fat".

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Dr Michels also said consumption of so-called superfoods was unnecessary because we already get enough nutrition from everyday foods like carrots, cherries, and apricots.

Michels' claims follow similar remarks passed by the American Heart Association, which highlighted the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of coconut oil.

In addition to coconut oil, other foods high in saturated fat include butter, hard cheese, ghee, sausages and meat pies.

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

The AHA recommends that people with high cholesterol keep total saturated fat intake to 5 to 6 percent of daily total calories. This means that it has captured the interest of thousands of people who are conscious about what they eat. "Unfortunately, the fats in coconut oil are not pure MCTs (it's about 50 to 65 per cent), and the predominant MCT in coconut oil (lauric acid) is probably considered the least effective MCT because it's the longest chain". Most worldwide dietary guidelines recommend enjoying saturated fats in moderation.

But, saturated fat is a loaded term. As the saying goes, the dose makes the poison - so if you do have a soft spot for coconut oil just take care not to overindulge.

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