Coconut Oil is Pure Poison -Harvard Public Health Professor
“If you’re cuckoo for coconut oil, think again.”
The above is the topic of a lecture by Dr. Karin Michels of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His message is currently making the rounds on YouTube. Dr. Karin’s lecture, a 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 super-food.
In clearer terms, “Coconut oil is pure poison,” the professor said, according to a translation by Business Insider. “It is one of the worst foods you can eat,” Dr. Karin added.
This warning could come as a shock to the many advocates of the thick, fatty oil, who either use it for cooking or blend it into their morning cup of coffee. According to enthusiasts, the resulting beverage, called “bulletproof coffee” curbs hunger and helps beat post wake-up brain fog.
According to some consumers of the substance, a spoonful of coconut oil can prevent gingivitis and sinusitis, which is their reason for spending around 10 minutes daily gargling with it — a habit known as “oil pulling.”
Michels isn’t the first expert to come out against the oil’s alleged status as a miracle food.
The American Heart Association had in June 2017, advised against consuming too much of coconut oil. This was after a study found that all saturated fats, regardless of the source, could cause damage to heart health.
“Just because it comes from a plant doesn’t mean it’s good for you: the same study pointed out that coconut oil, which is 82 percent saturated fat, is actually richer than butter. The saturated fat content of that much-maligned ingredient? 63 percent.