Coconut oil is 'pure poison,' says Harvard professor

Adding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier.       Flickr  Meal Makeover Moms

Adding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier. Flickr Meal Makeover Moms

"There has been speculation that some of the saturated fat present in coconut oil may be better for us than other saturated fats, but so far there is not enough good-quality research to provide us with a definitive answer".

The title of the video, which has over 400,000 views, is "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors".

But health professionals are sceptical as there is no study that has shown any significant health benefits of coconut-oil consumption.

Coconut oil rose in popularity among the rise of the superfoods - such as kale, sweet potatoes and avocados - it had its profile boosted in by health food advocates who claim it to be healthier than other forms of fat.

She even considers coconut oil a worse choice than lard due to the overwhelming amount of saturated fatty acids it contains.

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"Coconut oil is pure poison", the professor claims, via Business Insider. The authors attributed the gulf in perception to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press. However, most of the commercially available oil has a 13 to 14 percent MCT content, which means you'd have to eat 150 grams, or 10 tablespoons, of coconut oil a day to reap the benefits.

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. You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard. "Coconut oil can be included in the diet, but as it is high in saturated fats should only be included in small amounts and as part of a healthy balanced diet", the British Nutrition Foundation said.

"We are well and sufficiently supplied", she said, according to the translation. While the AHA warns against it, people who cut saturated fat out of their diet might not necessarily lower their heart disease risk, a 2015 BMJ review suggested.

Simple dietary swaps could help tackle the problem and health experts have recommended that a good start is to replace saturated fats with products that include lots of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as rapeseed and flaxseed oil, soybean, sunflower and corn oil, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. The oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that the body processes slightly differently than it does other saturated fats. "The overall effect has misled the public on the science of dietary fats".

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