Harvard expert’s criticism of coconut oil widely shared online

Health Matters: Coconut Oil, Good or Bad?

If you're cuckoo for coconut oil, think again.

Thanks to its high levels of saturated fat, Michels argued, coconut oil is "one of the worst foods you can eat". On the other hand, foods that are high in unsaturated fat include oily fish, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and avocados.

Sacks said he was surprised by the negative backlash he received after the American Heart Association advisory came out previous year. While three quarters of the United States public considered coconut oil to be healthy, the review noted that only 37% of nutritionists agreed.

"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.

The 50-minute German-language talk, titled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors" debunks the popular belief that the ingredient is a waistline-slimming, brain-boosting superfood.

The study participants who ate the medium-chain fatty acid diet burned fat quicker than the controls.




The AHA recommends that people with high cholesterol keep total saturated fat intake to 5 to 6 percent of daily total calories.

With so many oils to choose from, health experts recommend reading the labels to make sure your meal is prepared as healthy as possible.

"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.

In fact, when St-Onge and her colleagues tested standard coconut oil versus corn oil in a study published in the journal Insights in Nutrition and Metabolism in July 2017, they found no evidence that coconut oil was better for feelings of being satiated, insulin levels, glucose levels or resting energy expenditure. The rats did indeed stop eating and lost weight, but the injection also slowed the animals' heart rates and lowered their basal body temperature, a toxic effect - though fortunately not one particularly relevant to eating coconut products, given that the study was not about diet or even coconut oil.

There are several indigenous populations around the world that indulge in coconut oil as their main cooking oil. Although the recommendation to avoid coconut oil "was just a small part of the report", Sacks said most of the feedback he received was about - you guessed it - coconut oil. "Coconut oil is great for your face and your hair, but maybe not so much eating a bunch of it", said Konken.

Dr Michels just simply doesn't agree - she says it's even worse than lard (that thing you might remember from your granny's pantry, made from fat from the abdomen of a pig - gross we know).

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