Steer clear of coconut oil says Harvard Professor

Grant Boone
August 22, 2018

In an advisory released a year ago, the AHA added that coconut oil has "no known offsetting favorable effects", and could increase LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a known cause of cardiovascular disease.

Michels went on to add that coconut oil was one of the worst foods you could eat.

Unfortunately, if you've been swapping butter out for it to keep you healthy during breakfast it turns out coconut oil is about a shocking 86 percent saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52 percent. "What makes it of interest is the nature of fatty acids in coconut oil".

Last year, the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its dietary guidelines, recommending people that they stay away from saturated fats, such as those found abundantly in coconut oil.

Health expert has claimed "superfood" coconut oil is actually not healthy at all.

She claimed the oil, which can be used for anything from cooking curry to roasting parsnips, is more unhealthy than traditional lard, according to a translation by Business Insider.

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During a 50-minute lecture held in Germany last month, which has since gone viral on YouTube, a Harvard professor bashed one of millennials' favorite superfoods - coconut oil. "People think of the benefits of coconut oil, thinking it has fewer calories, helps you lose weight, some people like the flavor of it, but we still have to consider it as a saturated fat", she said.

Contrary to popular belief that it is one of the most healthy oils out there, Karin has urged that this certainly isn't the case and rather recommends people to avoid it. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and absorbent nature, coconut oil is a great topical remedy or those who suffer from dry skin.

That being said though, we need a mix of fats to survive so using a bit of coconut oil to cook here and there isn't going to do a whole load of damage. The American Heart Association advises against high consumption of saturated fats due to their association with cardiovascular disease - still the leading global cause of death at 17.3 million per year.

It says the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil.

The saturated fat content of that much-maligned ingredient?

"This important paper reaffirms the scientific evidence that saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol, a leading cause of atherosclerosis", 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. The stuff just feels so good, you know?

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