“Nutty” professor: coconut oil is NOT good for you, it’s “pure poison”
- A Harvard professor has made some controversial comments concerning coconut oil.
- Her YouTube video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association has advised people to avoid coconut oil.
- In the talk, titled “Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors,” professor Karin Michels describes coconut oil as “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat.”
Valentina Resetarits, Business Insider Deutschland – A 50-minute-long German lecture becoming a viral hit on YouTube might sound unusual, but the title of the talk by Karin Michels, professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a bit of a stir online.
During the lecture, titled “Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors,” Michels has made herself very clear with regard to dietary recommendations and underlined that in her opinion, coconut oil is not healthy.
Its superfood status had already come under scrutiny last year after the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its guidelines, which recommended that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.
‘Coconut oil is pure poison’
Michels went a step further, saying “coconut oil is pure poison” and “is one of the worst foods you can eat.”
According to Michels, coconut oil is more dangerous than lard because it almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries.
You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard.
Based on the fact that they contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, experts recommend olive or [canola] oil as an alternative … Read the full story at Business Insider.
OPPOSING VIEW: Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Healthline.com – Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”
Its unique combination of fatty acids can have positive effects on your health.
This includes fat loss, better brain function, and various other impressive benefits.
Here are the top 10 evidence-based health benefits of coconut oil.
1. Coconut Oil Contains Fatty Acids With Potent Medicinal Properties
Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in your diet.
These fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk.
Most fats in the diet are called long-chain triglycerides, but the fats in coconut oil are known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). What this means is that the fatty acids are shorter than most other fats.
When you eat these types of fats, they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones.
Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain and are being studied as a treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.
2. Populations That Eat a Lot of Coconut Oil Are Healthy
Coconut is an exotic food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people.
However, in some parts of the world, coconut (loaded with coconut oil) is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations.
The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.
They used to eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts. When studied, they were found to be in excellent health, with very low rates of heart disease.
Another example of a population that ate a lot of coconut and remained in excellent health is the Kitavans.
3. Coconut Oil Can Increase Fat Burning
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems in the world.
While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are important too.
It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is not a calorie …
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