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Steer clear of coconut oil says Harvard Professor

Steer clear of coconut oil says Harvard Professor

The American Heart Association advised against consuming too much of it in June 2017, after a study found that all saturated fats - regardless of the source - are damaging to heart health. For her lecture, the researcher spoke at length about the many health myths surrounding coconut oil and while it's basically not healthy at all.

A Harvard professor is throwing cold water over coconut oil.

Michels went a step further than to recommend avoiding the foodstuff, saying "coconut oil is pure poison" and "is one of the worst foods you can eat". It is titled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors". "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", the site notes. The truth is that coconut oil is full of saturated fat.

In regards to other foods like acai and matcha that have also earned the prestigious title of "superfood", Karin nothing bad to say yet simply suggested that their claimed nutrients are most often "sufficiently supplied" in more accessible foods like carrots, cherries, and apricots.

So what's the actual verdict on coconut oil? This goes against the common belief that coconut oil is good for your health, as it's previously been hailed as a "superfood" that can be used in the kitchen as a component of any meal. "People think of the benefits of coconut oil, thinking it has fewer calories, helps you lose weight, some people like the flavor of it, but we still have to consider it as a saturated fat", she said.

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According to the AHA report "The Skinny on Fats", the new guidelines urge consumers to limit both saturated and trans fats.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that people who routinely consume cheese, whole milk and other high-fat dairy products - in essence, products high in unsaturated fatty acids - are at no higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other illness than those who avoid such products.

"We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels", lead author Dr.

The AHA found that replacing saturated fat intake with polyunsaturated vegetable oil greatly reduced the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, similar to the numbers achieved by prescribed drug treatment. Notice that coconut oil is not included in the list of fats that are the smartest, healthiest options. This post originally appeared on Business Insider Deutschland and has been translated from German.