Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coconut oil 'pure poison' says Harvard professor

Coconut oil 'pure poison' says Harvard professor

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.

During the lecture, titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors", Michels has made herself very clear with regards to dietary recommendations, and underlined that coconut oil is not healthy.

Last year, the American Heart Association reviewed the evidence on coconut oil among other foodstuffs.

Coconut oil has had its profile boosted in recent years by health food advocates who claim it is healthier than other forms of fat.

She said that the oil is full of saturated fats and essentially "one of the worst foods you can eat".

A Harvard professor made some controversial comments concerning coconut oil in a lecture on YouTube.

If you're cool enough to have friends, one of them has bound to sing the praises of coconut oil as a cure-all for everything from dry skin to weight gain. The authors attributed the gulf in perception to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press. "You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard", the site notes.

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'We are well and sufficiently supplied, ' she said. Past year 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 know that diets high in saturated fat are associated with increased non-HDL cholesterol in the blood, and high cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke".

The American Heart Association advised against consuming too much of it in June 2017, after a study found that all saturated fats - regardless of the source - are damaging to heart health.

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. Some gargle or rinse their mouths with coconut oil calling it "oil pulling".

Are saturated fats really that unhealthy?

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People are recommended to avoid the high levels of saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.

Coconut oil is saturated fat-which means moderation is key. Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts University professor of nutrition science and policy who is vice chair of the federal government's dietary guidelines advisory committee, recently told The New York Times "there's virtually no data to support the hype".

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