Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Coconut oil labeled 'pure poison' by Harvard professor

Coconut oil labeled 'pure poison' by Harvard professor

So coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, and this is a bit different from other saturated fats which tend to be higher in long-chain triglycerides.

Michels made her comments in a recent lecture entitled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors" at the University of Freiburg, where she holds a second academic position as director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour Epidemiology.

Health expert has claimed "superfood" coconut oil is actually not healthy at all.

A Harvard professor has called the supposed health benefits of coconut oil into question by saying it's as bad for your wellbeing as "pure poison".

If you're cool enough to have friends, one of them has bound to sing the praises of coconut oil as a cure-all for everything from dry skin to weight gain. As such, coconut oil works as a great remedy for atopic dermatitis and enhances the barrier of the skin as well as protects you from UV radiation.

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This warning could come as a shock to advocates of the thick, fatty stuff, who use it not only for cooking but also blend it into their morning cup of coffee.

She says most of the beneficial nutrients in them can be easily found in more common foods like carrots, cherries, and apricots.

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

Coconut oil is about 86% saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52%.

Last year, the AHA updated its guidelines, to recommend people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.

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The proponents of coconut oil often point to the healthy lifestyles of indigenous populations in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Polynesia, whose diets include large amounts of coconut.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that people who routinely consume cheese, whole milk and other high-fat dairy products - in essence, products high in unsaturated fatty acids - are at no higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other illness than those who avoid such products.

Just because it comes from a plant doesn't mean it's good for you: The same study pointed out that coconut oil, which is 82 per cent saturated fat, is actually richer than butter.

It says the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil.

"We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels", lead author Dr.

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