Eating coconut oil is the same as eating poison according to professor

by | August 23, 2018

A Harvard professor has slammed the use of coconut oil, saying the consumption of it is like eating poison.

If you’re like me, and have it in everything, from rashes to cooking. You may want to rethink its liberal use. A Harvard professor has claimed that ingesting coconut oils, is akin to ingesting poison into your body.

That’s the message of a lecture from Dr. Karin Michels of Harvard’s School of Public Health, which is currently making the rounds on YouTube.

The video, named “Coconut Oils and Other Nutritional Errors” “Coconut-oil is pure poison,” the Harvard professor said, according to a translation by Business Insider. “It is one of the worst foods you can eat.” Which may come as a shock to people who use it for everything, from whitening their teeth, to the ‘health benefits’ of a dollop in their coffee. 

He is not alone in his claims, 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.

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“This important paper reaffirms the scientific evidence that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol, a leading cause of atherosclerosis,”  according to Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont, said in a statement on the AHA’s website at the time. “Furthermore, replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat reduces the incidence of cardiovascular disease.”

“But the reality is when you look at what coconut oil is made of, 80% of it is saturated fat and that’s similar to butter which is about 60% saturated fat or beef fat which is about 40%,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told “CBS This Morning” last year. “Saturated fat raises the LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol so coconut oil is going to have that same effect as butter and beef fat.”

If you’re plant-based for health, then it might be time to reconsider using coconut oil. 

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