Coconut oil is 'pure poison' that increases cholesterol, says Harvard professor

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Coconut oil is 'pure poison' that increases cholesterol, says Harvard professor

"But the reality is when you look at what coconut oil is made of, 80 percent of it is saturated fat and that's similar to butter which is about 60 percent saturated fat or beef fat which is about 40 percent", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told "CBS This Morning" previous year".

Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at the Harvard TH Chan school of public health, poured scorn on the superfood movement and singled out the fad for coconut oil in particular, calling the substance "one of the worst things you can eat" that was as good for wellbeing as "pure poison".

Coconut oil "has had its profile boosted in recent years by health food advocates who claim it is healthier than other forms of fat", says Sky News.

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.

The movie, which has collected more than 400k hits since it was published on July 10, will add fuel to the fiery debate within the oil's nutritional elements; many have turned into coconuts because of guilt-free fat, but the American Heart Association has urged consumers to limit their usage.

Michels said coconut oil is more risky because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries.

Before you go and chuck that jar of coconut oil you were planning on cooking with tonight, take a deep breath and think rationally.

Unfortunately, if you've been swapping butter out for it to keep you healthy during breakfast it turns out coconut oil is about a shocking 86 percent saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52 percent. While the AHA warns against it, people who cut saturated fat out of their diet might not necessarily lower their heart disease risk, a 2015 BMJ review suggested. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat". She explained that the high amount of saturated fat in coconut oil increases the levels of LDL cholesterol, which puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

But, saturated fat is a loaded term. Sales of coconut oil rocketed. Although Karin Michaels, and did not oppose the use of coconut oil for cosmetic purposes, but the food had been quite categorical. The advisory paper recommended against ingesting coconut oil because of its high saturated fat content.

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