Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition

Coconut Oil Pure Poison Harvard Professor Warns

With so many oils to choose from, health experts recommend reading the labels to make sure your meal is prepared as healthy as possible.

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".

Michels went on to add that coconut oil was one of the worst foods you could eat.

"There has been speculation that some of the saturated fat present in coconut oil may be better for us than other saturated fats, but so far there is not enough good-quality research to provide us with a definitive answer".

Unfortunately, if you've been swapping butter out for it to keep you healthy during breakfast it turns out coconut oil is about a shocking 86 percent saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52 percent.

While this makes coconut oil controversial in the sense of is it healthy or not-health experts say the bottom line is coconut oil is still a saturated fat.

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Her lecture, titled Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors, was widely shared by those concerned that coconut oil is actually not as healthy as was previously thought.

Michels was quick to point out that coconut oil could actually be more unsafe than lard.

However, there's no evidence suggesting coconut oil lowers the risk of heart disease - on the contrary, it may contribute to heart disease given its saturated fat content.

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. Indulging in a bit of coconut oil, of course, won't kill you. Most global dietary guidelines recommend enjoying saturated fats in moderation. The rats did indeed stop eating and lost weight, but the injection also slowed the animals' heart rates and lowered their basal body temperature, a toxic effect - though fortunately not one particularly relevant to eating coconut products, given that the study was not about diet or even coconut oil. In fact, many so-called superfoods may not be all they're cracked up to be. Although the recommendation to avoid coconut oil "was just a small part of the report", Sacks said most of the feedback he received was about - you guessed it - coconut oil.

"I think Americans, in general, like to look at something independently, and we can't look at any food like that", she said. While the scientific world is still debating whether saturated fatty acids really are the work of the devil, others say with certainty that that's the case. The concept of saturated fats being bad for you is nothing new. "It's unhealthy to be eating it", he said.

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