Thursday 23 August 2018 2:24 AM UTC
BONN Aug 23: Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’ and ‘one of the worst foods you can eat’, according to a lecture given by a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr Karin Michels, who also heads up the tumor research center at the University of Freiburg, made the statement in a 50-minute talk in Germany last month.
Among other things, she told her audience that ‘coconut oil is pure poison,’ and ‘it is one of the worst foods you can eat,’ according to a translation by Business Insider Deutschland.
The video, which has amassed more than 400,000 hits since it was published on July 10, will add fuel to the fiery debate over the oil’s nutritional properties; many have turned to coconuts as a guilt-free fat, but even the American Heart Association has urged consumers to restrict their use.
Coconut oil had a peculiar rise to popularity.
Cardiologists know well that it may be tasty and sumptuous, but those velvety qualities are no friend to your arteries.
Dr Michels says it is worse than lard (fat from the abdomen of a pig which was a hit in the 50s and is now only seen in our grandmothers’ pantries).
And yet, a nationwide poll in 2016 found at least 70 percent of Americans believed coconut oil to be healthy – with many seeing it as one of the healthiest oils out there.
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