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Coconut oil is pure poison’ Harvard professor’s claim goes viral on social media

Coconut oil has always been seen to be useful to human well being as it is continuously used as therapy to nurture hair, cook and even as a moisturizer.

Harvard adjunct nutrition professor Karin Michels gave a lecture at University of Germany called "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors", which has received millions of views on YouTube.

"Coconut oil is pure poison", she said, adding that it is "one of the worst foods you can eat". Coconut oil is 82 percent saturated fat, according to American Heart Association News, with a single teaspoon of it already equaling to 11 grams of saturated fat. That is the main drawback of coconut oil is its very fat.

Translated by Business Insider, Michels argues "coconut oil is more risky than lard because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries". Yes, that coconut oil.

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Live Science reports that AHA recommends keeping daily saturated fat intake at 5 to 6 percent, which translates to 13 grams in a 2,000-calorie diet.

He says you don't want to layer coconut oil with other saturated fats. In a video of a German-language lecture at the University of Freiburg that was posted in July, Michels dismisses coconut oil's health halo as "absolute nonsense".

When it comes to day-to-day cooking, experts suggest using olive oil, canola oil or soybean oil instead of coconut.

Studies support this with evidence that found replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. A survey conducted in 2016 and published in the New York Times found that 72 percent of Americans think coconut oil is healthy, versus only 37 percent of the nutritionists that were polled. Dr. Michaels claims that coconut oil is even worse than lard (fat rendered from hog fat). The bottom line is that while there is limited research about coconut oil's impact on the body-whether good or bad. This disconnect between lay and expert opinion can be attributed to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press.


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