Harvard proffessor calls coconut oil “pure poison”

Story By: Indre Sharma
Thursday, August, 23 2018 - 16:40

Karin Michels, who is an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has called coconut oill “pure poison.” 

A lecture titled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors has gone viral on YouTube, nearing 1 million views on Wednesday. 

"I can only warn you urgently about coconut oil," she says. "This is one of the worst foods you can eat."

Professor's reasoning is that coconut oil is extremeli high in fat, consumption of which leads to high cholesterol and heart disease. 

The American Heart Association (AHA) said its data has  shown more than 80 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated — far beyond butter (63 percent), beef fat (50 percent) and pork lard (39 percent). 

The AHA has said it's better on your skin than in your food, and it recommends that no more than 5% or 6% of your daily calories come from saturated fats -- about 13 grams per day.

The association also advocates replacing coconut oil with "healthy fats" such as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, like those found in canola and olive oils, avocados and fatty fish.

Due to its high levels of saturated fat, the World Health Organization, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Food and Drug Administration, American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, British National Health Service, British Nutrition Foundation, and Dietitians of Canada advise that coconut oil consumption should be limited or avoided.

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.

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

Coconut oil gained superfood status around 2011, as it was seen as boosting immunity and helping with weight.Celebrity endorsements have helped fuel its popularity, with stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and the Kardashian sisters enthusing about coconut oil as both a dietary supplement and beauty product.

Since then, coconut oil sales have surged in the Europe and US.



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