Coconut oil could be pure poison: declares Harvard professor

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Now, Karin Michels, professor of epidemiology at Harvard, claimed in her lecture that coconut oil is not healthy and repeatedly called it "poison".

But coconut oil also raises high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol.

Interestingly, a video of her speech which was uploaded on YouTube has now received over 900,000 views.

Translated by Business Insider, Michels argues "coconut oil is more unsafe than lard because it nearly exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries".

Her warnings come as a big shock as coconut oil is repeatedly being advertised as the multi-purpose oil which is the "ultimate" food for health.

Coconut oil has always been linked to healthy eating - until now.

But for day-to-day use, experts recommend cooking with vegetable oils like olive, canola, or soybean oil instead.

Last year, the American Heart Association reviewed the evidence about coconut oil and other foodstuffs.

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.

But, saturated fat is a loaded term.

"Coconut is a wonderful flavor and there's no problem using coconut oil occasionally", he said in a college newsletter.

As CNN points out, many people think coconut oil is a healthy alternative.

Saturated fats are the ones that tend to hang around in your arteries and lead to heart disease, according to health experts.

The reality is, one tablespoon of coconut oil adds up to more than 11 grams of saturated fats-the type of fat that is considered unhealthy.

It has proved to be hard to rank all the different types of oil.

"There's been debate about the role of HDL", Dr. Willett said.

The oil used in the research is a special 100 percent medium-chain coconut oil.

Other research specifically on coconut oil has explored its effects on metabolism, appetite and cognitive function - but "you can't infer from. studies what coconut oil will and will not do".

Coconut oil could have other good uses that don't involve using it as food.

"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.

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