Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims

Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims

According to Michels, coconut oil is more risky than lard because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, the kind that can clog the coronary arteries. It speaks of the current nutritional trend of incorporating coconut oil in diet that is purported to reduce weight and also improve brain function.

Sacks said he was surprised by the negative backlash he received after the American Heart Association advisory came out a year ago.

The video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association has advised people to avoid coconut oil.

The American Heart Association in June 2017, released an advisory stating the coconut oil when consumed in large amounts is detrimental to health.

Butter, in comparison, is only made up of 60 percent saturated fat while beef fat contains around 40 percent. According to Dr Michels, consuming coconut oil is far more detrimental than lard, as coconut oil is predominantly made up of saturated fatty acids, as reported by "Business Insider". If a fat is saturated, that means it is molecularly structured so that each carbon atom in the fatty acid chain is linked to its maximum number of hydrogen atoms. Plus, there is no known study showing the health benefits of coconut oil. The group said to "opt for naturally occurring unhydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil".

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats.

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"It's very straightforward. There's a huge amount of scientific evidence of many different types from population studies to experiments in animals to experiments in humans that show that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol", Sacks told Live Science. That study actually injected rats with a synthetic chemical resembling the capric acid found in coconut oil.

While scientists never reached any conclusions that should have elevated coconut to its extreme superfood status, what they found wasn't all bad - and it certainly wasn't poison.

"I think Americans, in general, like to look at something independently, and we can't look at any food like that", she said. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and absorbent nature, coconut oil is a great topical remedy or those who suffer from dry skin.

But don't throw out that coconut oil just yet, because if you've been using the oil for its cosmetic benefits then it can't be taxing on your heart.

Most researchers agree that olive or linseed oil can form an important part of a healthy diet. "It is one of the worst foods you can eat".

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