Harvard Professor Believes Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison'

Harvard Professor Believes Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’

Harvard Professor Believes Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’

A lecture from a Harvard professor blasting the popularity of coconut oil has gone viral on YouTube, garnering nearly 1 million views since it was posted in July. During the talk titled “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors,” Karin Michels calls coconut oil “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat,” according to a translation from Business Insider Deutschland.

Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence showing significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption.

The American Heart Association report noted that replacing saturated fats, including coconut oil, butter, beef fat or palm oil with healthier, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, corn oil, and sunflower oil lowers cardiovascular disease risk by about 30 percent — as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

Though in 2011, coconut gained the ‘superfood’ status for boosting immunity and helping in weight loss. However, Harvard faculty member, Karin Michels posted a video in German language talking about the ill-effects of the edible item.

The main reason behind calling coconut as pure poison is that it contains extremely high levels of saturated fat, the consumption of which can lead to high cholesterol and increase a person’s chance of heart disease.“Coconut oil is about 86% saturated fat, about one-third more saturated fat than butter,” said Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation.

Despite the advice, promotions from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett, and celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and others, have helped UK sales of coconut oil surge in recent years from about £1m to £16.4m in the past four years, according to the consumer research group Kantar. In the US, coconut oil sales appear to have peaked in 2015 at $229m, according the market research firm Spins.

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