Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Eating coconut oil a bad idea?

Eating coconut oil a bad idea?

Coconut oil is is packed with phytochemicals that have beneficial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. The beloved superfood/ kitchen staple for anyone who follows wellness trends and diets like Whole30, Paleo, and Keto might actually be bad for you.

Business Insider reported that Karin Michels, who among other things is a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, put a almost one-hour German lecture on YouTube about the dangers of coconut oil.

However, according to health expert, Dr Karin Michels, the "superfood" oil is actually "one of the worst foods you can eat".

During the low-fat craze a few decades back, coconut oil was something dieters wouldn't touch in a million years. "Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat, which for years has been demonized in the nutrition media".

The 2017 report by the AHA said that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats, like the kind found in olive oil and other vegetable oils, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by around 30 percent, as found in randomized control trials (in which people are randomly assigned one type of fat in their diet versus another).

It's a dietary fad, a "superfood" and sometimes even used to remove makeup, but according to one Harvard University professor, coconut oil is nothing but poison.

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The problem with coconut oil is that it is made up nearly entirely of saturated fatty acids, which are known to clog heart arteries, raise "bad" cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease, Business Insider reported.

Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence showing significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption. "This is one of the worst foods you can eat".

The speech was called Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors. This review had shown that coconut oil can raise the levels of HDL cholesterol but also raises total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides over and above unsaturated fats such as those contained in olive oil.

Love coconut oil? Not so fast, because the world's superfood and miracle cure-all might not be so incredible after all. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat".

"There has been speculation that some of the saturated fat present in coconut oil may be better for us than other saturated fats, but so far there is not enough good-quality research to provide us with a definitive answer".

"Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD (cardiovascular disease), and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil", the AHA wrote. That study actually injected rats with a synthetic chemical resembling the capric acid found in coconut oil. As the saying goes, the dose makes the poison - so if you do have a soft spot for coconut oil just take care not to overindulge.

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