Coconut oil is pure poison: Harvard professor

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"This is one of the worst foods you can eat", said the professor.

In an educational talk titled Coconut oil and other nutritional errors, a professor from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Dr Karin Michels called the oil pure poison and one of the worst foods a person can possibly eat. Saturated fat is known to raise levels of so-called LDL cholesterol, ... Now we all have to think twice about coconut oil.

He says you don't want to layer coconut oil with other saturated fats.

Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence of the significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption.

So instead of saturated fats doctors recommend healthier oils such as canola, corn, soybean and olive oils, but Dr. Oz add that a small amount of coconut oil won't kill you, but it won't make you healthier either. Many of them believe coconut oil is good for health, but even the American heart Association encourages people to use it with great caution.

The professor is claiming coconut oil to be poison and unhealthy for humans. All these benefits are because coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs.

On an ancillary note, the relationship between LDL cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health is still a bit nuanced.

"For the time being, if you like the taste of coconut oil, then, as with butter, it is fine to use it every now and then". However, coconut oil also helps to raise HDL cholesterol, which is the "good" kind.

The popularity and marketing of coconut oil may have obscured some important information about the fat and the variety of different labels can be confusing. She based her statement on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil that can have a damaging effect on your body. The AHA claimed that it can contribute to higher risk of heart diseases as it is full of saturated fat.

Yes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with known health benefits.

Like other oils, coconut oil is calorie-dense, which means consuming large amounts without reducing other calorie sources can lead to weight gain. "Saturated fats are just one piece of the puzzle".

A report came out in recent days that coconut oil is, and I quote, "pure poison".

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