Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Health expert claims 'coconut oil is poison'

Health expert claims 'coconut oil is poison'

Although it is widely believed to have health benefits, Michels and other health professionals call the claims nothing but erroneous myths.

Michels made her comments in a recent lecture entitled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors" at the University of Freiburg, where she holds a second academic position as director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour Epidemiology. This goes against the common belief that coconut oil is good for your health, as it's previously been hailed as a "superfood" that can be used in the kitchen as a component of any meal.

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.

However, Dr Michels isn't the only one to have bad things to say about coconut oil.

2015's favourite superfood has been slammed by a Harvard Medical Professor saying, "even lard is better" than the "pure poison". "It is one of the worst foods you can eat". Butter, in comparison, is only made up of 60 percent saturated fat while beef fat contains around 40 percent. "Unfortunately, the fats in coconut oil are not pure MCTs (it's about 50 to 65 per cent), and the predominant MCT in coconut oil (lauric acid) is probably considered the least effective MCT because it's the longest chain". A year ago the AHA revised its stance on the oil and recommended that consumers stay away from the type of fatty acids it contains - mostly saturated fat.

"We are well and sufficiently supplied", she said. Diets high in saturated fat are known to be linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol. "Coconut oil can be included in the diet, but as it is high in saturated fats should only be included in small amounts and as part of a healthy balanced diet", the British Nutrition Foundation said.

Last year, the AHA updated its guidelines, to recommend people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil. Just choose when to use coconut oil wisely.

"We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels", lead author Dr.

The problem with coconut oil is that it is made up nearly entirely of saturated fatty acids, which are known to clog heart arteries, raise "bad" cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease, Business Insider reported. Not unlike lard, at room temperature Coconut oil is solid and that's due to its high sat-fat content.

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