Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison' According To Harvard Scientist

Adding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier.       Flickr  Meal Makeover Moms

Adding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier. Flickr Meal Makeover Moms

"Coconut oil is great for your face and your hair, but maybe not so much eating a bunch of it", said Konken.

Karin Michels, a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, made the controversial remarks during a lecture that was posted on YouTube and has been viewed almost one million times.

During the lecture, titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors", Michels has made herself very clear with regards to dietary recommendations, and underlined that coconut oil is not healthy.

Michels was quick to point out that coconut oil could actually be more unsafe than lard.

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.

While the AHA did not say that coconut is one of the world's worst foods, Michels did.

2015's favourite superfood has been slammed by a Harvard Medical Professor saying, "even lard is better" than the "pure poison".

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For certain health food shops and wellbeing sites it is the panacea that helps everything from bad hair and mental grogginess to obesity and haemorrhoids.

Dr Michels' claims follow a move by the American Heart Association (AHA) past year to update its guidelines, which recommended that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.

Michels also used her lecture to take down other misconceptions regarding "super foods" like acai and chia seeds, calling them ineffective sources of nutrients.

Last year, the AHA updated its guidelines, to recommend people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.

It says the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil.

Coconut oil has more saturated fat than beef fat, but is it still healthy? The American Heart Association advises against high consumption of saturated fats due to their association with cardiovascular disease - still the leading global cause of death at 17.3 million per year. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat". Like with other fatty foods, enjoying coconut oil minimally isn't going to lead to heart disease later on. However, with people putting it in coffee and using it for everything, it seems moderation may have flown out the window with this so-called superfood.

Contrary to popular belief that it is one of the most healthy oils out there, Karin has urged that this certainly isn't the case and rather recommends people to avoid it.

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