Coconut oil is pure poison, says professor

For certain health food shops and well-being websites, coconut oil is the solution for everything from bad hair and grogginess to obesity and hemorrhoids.

She based her statement on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil that can have a damaging effect on your body.

Many may disagree with Dr Michels claims, but nutritionists say that there's no proof to back the fact that coconut oil is a healthy food. The speech, delivered in German, has now been watched almost a million times on YouTube.

Since, due to the higher presence of saturated fat in coconut oil, which tends to raise one's LDL cholesterol, also known as bad cholesterol.

In an educational talk titled Coconut oil and other nutritional errors, a professor from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Dr Karin Michels called the oil pure poison and one of the worst foods a person can possibly eat.

But, saturated fat is a loaded term.

A high intake of sat-fats is linked to increased non-HDL cholesterol levels in the blood, which can lead to health complications such as clogging of the coronary arteries, making heart attacks and strokes more of a threat. Now we all have to think twice about coconut oil. The authors attributed the gulf in perception to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press.

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But in Kerala, the birth place of Ayurveda, coconut oil is widely used and it's called "the healthiest oil on earth".

Other organisations have issued similar warnings. 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.

Studies support this with evidence that found replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

"I can only warn you urgently about the coconut oil".

"It's probably better than partially hydrogenated oils, [which are] high in trans fats, but not as good as the more unsaturated plant oils that have proven health benefits, like olive and canola oil".

"For the time being, if you like the taste of coconut oil, then, as with butter, it is fine to use it every now and then".

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