Coconut Is 'Pure Poison' Claim: Experts Weight the Facts

Coconut Is 'Pure Poison' Claim: Experts Weight the Facts

If you're anything like us you've been slathering coconut oil pretty much everywhere recently.

This lecture about coconut oil- which has fallen from grace in the recent years- has gone viral on YouTube, garnering more than a million views.

The use of coconut oil is questionable, but the harm is obvious, says Professor of public health, Harvard University Karin Michels.

The saturated fat in coconut oil is what leads to LDL cholesterol, also known as the "bad" cholesterol. "What some people don't realize because instead of doing their research, they followed a health trend, is that coconut oil actually has more fat in it than lard or butter".

Coconut oil contains a whole lot of saturated fat.

It's... complicated. On the one hand, experts like those at the American Heart Association (AHA) have raised deep concerns about coconut oil's health profile, especially compared to conventional wisdom.

This isn't the first time coconut oil has come under scrutiny, leaving many questions about its health benefits versus risks. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat".

"Coconut oil contains more than 80 per cent saturated fat, more than twice the amount found in lard, and 60 per cent more than is found in beef dripping", according to The Guardian.

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"Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD, and has no known offsetting favourable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil", the review said.

Other than coconut oil, foods that are high in saturated fat include butter, hard cheese, ghee, sausages and meat pies.

As CNN points out, many people think coconut oil is a healthy alternative.

The oil used in the research is a special 100 percent medium-chain coconut oil.

In small amounts, however, coconut oil can have a place in one's diet. While the AHA warns against it, people who cut saturated fat out of their diet might not necessarily lower their heart disease risk, a 2015 BMJ review suggested.

Coconut oil has a long history of use in some parts of the world, particularly in Kerala, a tropical state in southern India.

Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil "is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it".

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