Here's Why a Harvard Professor Says Coconut Oil Is "Pure Poison"

While three quarters of the U.S. public considered coconut oil to be healthy, the review noted that only 37% of nutritionists agreed.

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.

However, according to health expert, Dr Karin Michels, the "superfood" oil is actually "one of the worst foods you can eat".

That being said though, we need a mix of fats to survive so using a bit of coconut oil to cook here and there isn't going to do a whole load of damage.

There's not a single study showing any significant health benefits to coconut oil consumption; in fact, coconut oil is more risky than lard according to Michels, as it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids - acids that can clog the coronary arteries.

Michels claims lard is actually healthier, as coconut oil contains more than twice the amount of saturated fat found in lard.

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It's not "poison", but American Heart Association data has shown more than 80 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated - far beyond butter (63 percent), beef fat (50 percent) and pork lard (39 percent).

The 2017 report by the AHA said that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats, like the kind found in olive oil and other vegetable oils, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by around 30 percent, as found in randomized control trials (in which people are randomly assigned one type of fat in their diet versus another). "This is one of the worst foods you can eat". 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. "People think of the benefits of coconut oil, thinking it has fewer calories, helps you lose weight, some people like the flavor of it, but we still have to consider it as a saturated fat", she said.

"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.

It concluded that "coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD (cardiovascular disease), and has no known offsetting favourable effects".

Coconut oil is is packed with phytochemicals that have beneficial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties.

Health experts believe grapeseed and flaxseed oil, which contain lots of unsaturated fatty acids; and soybean, sunflower and corn oil, which are made up of polyunsaturated fats, are good alternatives.

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