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Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison'

Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison'”

Here's one damning statement from an AHA presidential advisory published just previous year: "A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a "healthy food" compared with 37% of nutritionists".

The YouTube video titled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors" has successfully garnered the attention of more than 400,000 viewers.

Referring to coconut oil as "pure poison" and labelling it "one of the worst things you can eat" has predictably put the spotlight on professor Karin Michels. Dr. Michaels claims that coconut oil is even worse than lard (fat rendered from hog fat), once a hit among Housewives of the 1950-ies.

"Saturated fat raises the LDL or the "bad" cholesterol so coconut oil is going to have that same effect as butter and beef fat", she said.

The reality is, one tablespoon of coconut oil adds up to more than 11 grams of saturated fats-the type of fat that is considered unhealthy.

"There are many claims being made about coconut oil being wonderful for lots of different things, but we really don't have any evidence of long-term health benefits", said Dr. Walter C. Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Michels is also an adjunct professor. "This means using oils like olive oil in cooking instead of coconut oil or butter". Coconut oil could also be confused with other coconut-based products.

In 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) released a report stating that ingesting coconut is harmful as it contains high saturated fat content. One role is to help take LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream.

Yes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with known health benefits.

Saturated fats are the ones that tend to hang around in your arteries and lead to heart disease, according to health experts. The fact that the level of fatty acids in the coconut is only 14%, and the participants in those studies received 100% of the acids from food.

Coconut oil could have other good uses that don't involve using it as food. "Coconut oil is better used on the skin rather than digested and can alternatively be used as an excellent moisturizer".

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

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