The facts behind coconut oil is 'pure poison' claim

Grant Boone
August 25, 2018

Coconut oil contains high amount of saturated form of fatty acids that tend to clog your coronary arteries which is why coconut just might not be the super food you thought it was.

Karin Michaels, the director of the Institute of Prevention and Turmor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in a talk titled "Coconut oil and other Nutritional errors" revealed that it is pure poison and possibly one of the worst food a person can have. Michels believes that the abundant saturated acids coconut oil is even "worse than lard".

"Coconut oil was the best thing possible and now it's the worse thing feasible?"

Coconut oil contains more than 80 percent saturated fat, which makes it solid at room temperature. The AHA recommended that the public should opt for naturally occurring vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil.

For ages coconut oil has been considered as a blessing given its incredible properties for great health. It is always good to remember that moderation is the key, so if you are going to use coconut oil, use it in moderation.

So, what are the facts surrounding coconut oil?

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On an ancillary note, the relationship between LDL cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health is still a bit nuanced.

Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil "is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it". While coconut oil may raise HDL levels, there is still no evidence to suggest that the type of HDL created from coconut oil is the kind that also lowers the level of LDL.

"Eating a healthy balanced diet is better than consuming a manufactured supplement that you're not sure what processes it went through while being manufactured", Segal said.

Studies support this with evidence that found replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This may be due to its high content of a fatty acid known as lauric acid. She says there are medium chain triglycerides in it, thought to help the body burn more fat for fuel to help with weight loss.

"It's not that you have to absolutely avoid coconut oil, but rather limit coconut oil to where you really need that special flavor, like for Thai food or for baking a special dessert", Willett said. "Saturated fats are just one piece of the puzzle".

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