Harvard Professor Called Coconut Oil "Pure Poison": Here's What You Need To Know About It

Lifestyle & Health

September 10, 2018 16:25 By Fabiosa

Coconut oil has become a very popular ingredient for both external beauty purposes and nutrition. According to Healthline, coconut oil has many benefits, including raising the good HDL cholesterol in our bodies and lowering the bad LDL cholesterol, which can even help with weight loss. 

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However, one Harvard professor found this statement to be false, and he doesn't view coconut oil as a superfood, which many sources used to call it, leading to a craze around this ingredient starting in the first place. So, let's find out what all the fuss is about.

Is coconut oil bad for you?

Karin Michels, Harvard professor, gave a lecture titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors"  in an effort to shed some light on the true nutritional value of coconut oil. According to Michels, coconut oil almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, which leads to weight gain, and it's actually advised to avoid or significantly lower the saturated fat intake for anyone trying to control their weight.

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The professor went as far as to call coconut oil a "pure poison" and "one of the worst foods you can eat." While these statements are purely his own opinion, the fact is that coconut oil is one of the plant-based foods that contains high levels of saturated fat, including palm oil and palm kernel oil.

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While saturated fat contained in coconut oil is not an ideal ingredient to consume for anyone with weight problems, there is a study that found coconut oil, thus increasing levels of good HDL cholesterol in 116 women. We don't know who to trust anymore!

So, what can we do with all this information?

Healthier fat options

Is Harvard professor's statement a reason to stop using coconut oil? Every person needs to decide for themselves, but considering that some people chose to use it as a healthier fat source, we can offer some concrete options, which are approved by dieticians.

Fat is crucial in our diets, so what we need to remember that it's advised to lower the amounts of saturated fat and trans fat, which is common in various processed foods. If you're looking for a source of healthy fat, consider adding the following foods into your diet:

1. Avocados

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2. Olive oil

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3. Omega-3 fatty acids

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4. Nuts

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Once again, it's only up to you to decide whether coconut oil or any other food is good for you. The best thing you can do is be armed with facts and consult a dietician to find out the best option for your health.

Source: Healthline, Heart.org, Mayo Clinic, Medline Plus

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