A professor at Harvard has questioned the alleged health benefits of coconut oil, explaining that the oil is “pure poison,”.
The statement was made by Karin Michels, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, during a speech titled “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors.” The latter reported that coconut oil is “one of the worst foods you can eat” because of the effects of saturated fatty acids on the body’s coconut oil. The professor thus contradicts the belief that coconut oil would be good for health, previously recognized as a “super food” that can be used in the kitchen as a component of any meal. Last year, the American Heart Association suggested that people should replace saturated fats in their diets with unsaturated fats to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Michels explains that the consumption of coconut oil is much worse for health than lard, because the former is mainly made of saturated fatty acids.
In addition to coconut oil, other foods rich in saturated fat include butter, some cheeses, sausages and meat pies. On the other hand, foods in unsaturated fats include fish, nuts, vegetable oils and avocados. However, Michels says in a video that although the negative effects of coconut oil are certain, the recommendation to exclude coconut oil from coconut oil is less apparent. The issue of reducing fat intake as part of a healthy diet has always been a source of contradiction among researchers, with some studies concluding that too low fat consumption may increase the risk of death by a quarter.
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