VERIFY: Is Coconut Oil Really 'Pure Poison'?

Coconut oil contains more than double the amount of saturated fat in lard

Coconut oil contains more than double the amount of saturated fat in lard

"This means using oils like olive oil in cooking instead of coconut oil or butter".

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.

Karin Michels attacked the promotion of the oil as a healthy alternative in a lecture in Germany that has been watched almost a million times on YouTube.

Despite the saturation fat, health experts say there is no need to completely avoid coconut oil if you like the flavor, just use it in moderation or as an occasional treat.

For those who are concerned about lowering their cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends "reducing saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of total daily calories".

"It's not pure poison".

In the 50 minute speech, which has over 900,000 views at the time of writing, she details the dangers of overusing coconut oil. Professor Michels is not alone in slamming this oil, Dr Frank Sacks, who is a nutrition professor at the Harvard explained further, "Coconut oil is very high in saturated fat that raises your LDL cholesterol, which is a bad cholesterol".

Saturated fats are nearly certainly bad in excess.

Distribution of coconut oil began in the early 2000s after two research scientists at Columbia University have shown beneficial effects of fatty acids contained in the coconut.

Yes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with known health benefits. Coconut oil could also be confused with other coconut-based products.

"Coconut oil is half lauric acid, which is a little bit unique", Klatt said, as the acid seems to raise HDL more than other saturated fats and is rarely found in such high amounts in foods. Nutrition experts overwhelmingly agree that consuming an excess of saturated fats is generally bad for you and increases the chances of heart disease.

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

In another study, it was found that people inhabiting the South Pacific Islands follow a diet high in coconut and they do not suffer from any clogged arteries, rather their cardiovascular systems were found to be in excellent condition.

What to look for when purchasing coconut oil and how much to consume?

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