Here's why coconut oil is 'pure poison', according to a Harvard professor

Here's why coconut oil is 'pure poison', according to a Harvard professor

Coconut oil is "one of the worst foods you can eat" and is "pure poison", a Harvard professor has said.

Dr Karin Michels described the oil as "pure poison" and claimed it is more likely to clog arteries than lard in a speech given in Germany last month.

Over the past few weeks, we've done nothing but smearing coconut oil all over our bodies.

Dr Michels also said consumption of so-called superfoods was unnecessary because we already get enough nutrition from everyday foods like carrots, cherries and apricots.

"We are well and sufficiently supplied", she said, according to the translation.

Coconut oil first became popular with health food fans in the early 2000s after a study by Colombia University found that coconuts contain medium-chain fatty acids which meant those who consumed it burned fat quicker than control tests.

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This warning could come as a shock to advocates of the thick, fatty stuff, who use it not only for cooking but also blend it into their morning cup of coffee.

People even feed it to their pets.

"What we do know is that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats like vegetable oil, olive oil and sunflower oil, and their spreads, has been shown as an effective way to help reduce LDL [low density lipoprotein] cholesterol levels, so this would be a healthier choice".

A study conducted previous year shows that over 80 percent of fats in coconut oil are saturated, meaning that eating a lot of the stuff could lead to increased chances of cholesterol.

The movie, which has collected more than 400k hits since it was published on July 10, will add fuel to the fiery debate within the oil's nutritional elements; many have turned into coconuts because of guilt-free fat, but the American Heart Association has urged consumers to limit their usage.

United Kingdom guidelines encourage people to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats.

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