A Harvard Prof Warns That Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’

Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison

However, if coconut oil is something you would struggle to give up completly, the best step you can take is to moderate how often you indulge and lower your portions.

Numerous health claims surrounding coconut oil rely on animal studies or research not meant to test the stuff as a part of the human diet.

"Coconut oil is pure poison", the professor claims, via Business Insider.

The professor went on to say that there's no studies that show coconut oil has significant health benefits, and that saturated fatty acids can clog your arteries.

Coconut oil's rise to fame began after two studies by Columbia University which looked at medium-chain fatty acids, a type of fat present in coconuts.

"But the reality is when you look at what coconut oil is made of, 80 percent of it is saturated fat and that's similar to butter which is about 60 percent saturated fat or beef fat which is about 40 percent", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told "CBS This Morning" past year.

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Self-appointed "wellness experts" and "health gurus" online promote coconut oil for its immune support, digestive help and as a healthier fat for cooking. For her lecture, the researcher spoke at length about the many health myths surrounding coconut oil and while it's basically not healthy at all. There's no one miracle food that can provide a quick fix for weight loss or health, she said; everything is about balance.

She also added that other perceived "superfoods" like acai or chia seeds contain the same nutrients more easily available by eating carrots, cherries or apricots. The advisory paper recommended against ingesting coconut oil because of its high saturated fat content.

Coconut oil contains around 86% saturated fat and around one-third more saturated fat than butter at 52%, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The American Heart Association recommends the average person only consume around 11 grams of saturated fat per day, or about 5 percent of your total daily calories.

Another study commonly cited as evidence that coconut oil boosts metabolism does not, in fact, make any such claim, said that study's author, Columbia University's Marie-Pierre St-Onge. Just choose when to use coconut oil wisely. "Coconut oil is great for your face and your hair, but maybe not so much eating a bunch of it", said Konken.

In an advisory released past year, the AHA added that coconut oil has "no known offsetting favorable effects", and could increase LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a known cause of cardiovascular disease. Indulging in a bit of coconut oil, of course, won't kill you.

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