Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison'

Michels based his warning on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil, which is known to raise levels of LDL cholesterol, and thus, the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Interestingly, a video of her speech which was uploaded on YouTube has now received over 900,000 views.

"Coconut oil contains more than 80 per cent saturated fat, more than twice the amount found in lard, and 60 per cent more than is found in beef dripping", according to The Guardian.

Coconut oil has been hailed for being a superfood with a number of health benefits.

The professor is claiming coconut oil to be poison and unhealthy for humans.

A report came out in recent days that coconut oil is, and I quote, "pure poison".

Coconut oil also has a higher proportion of MCTs than most other fats or oils; however, there is a catch to the research.

Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence of the significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption.

Coconut oil's rise to fame began after two studies by Columbia University which looked at medium-chain fatty acids, a type of fat present in coconuts.

As CNN points out, many people think coconut oil is a healthy alternative. However, coconut oil also helps to raise HDL cholesterol, which is the "good" kind.

Saturated fats are the ones that tend to hang around in your arteries and lead to heart disease, according to health experts.

Coconut oil is a commonly used component in the kitchen for preparing a meal, especially in Kerala.

The popularity and marketing of coconut oil may have obscured some important information about the fat and the variety of different labels can be confusing.

Research has found a mixed bag when it comes to saturated fats, and coconut oil in particular.

Other research specifically on coconut oil has explored its effects on metabolism, appetite and cognitive function - but "you can't infer from. studies what coconut oil will and will not do".

So, in the meantime, experts are suggesting that consumers cut back their coconut oil intake and save it for special occasions.

In small amounts, however, coconut oil can have a place in one's diet.

Coconut oil could have other good uses that don't involve using it as food.

  • Santos West