Coconut oil is 'pure poison' that increases cholesterol, says Harvard professor

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Coconut oil is 'pure poison' that increases cholesterol, says Harvard professor

She said that the oil is full of saturated fats and essentially "one of the worst foods you can eat".

The translation to her speech was done by Business Insider Deutschland. In a post on Harvard Medical School's website, Walter C. Willett, M.D. Harvard School of Public Health, department of nutrition said that "what's interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives "good" HDL cholesterol a boost". It speaks of the current nutritional trend of incorporating coconut oil in diet that is purported to reduce weight and also improve brain function.

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"It's not a hard topic, scientifically", said Frank Sacks, a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health and lead author of an AHA advisory on dietary fats released a year ago.

"Fat is not fat", Narula said.

USA Today reported 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, which is way above that in butter (63 percent). "In general, I recommend that people aim to get a wide variety of fats in their diet to get the balance of fatty acids our body needs".

Coconut oil is about 86% saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52%. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat".

But, saturated fat is a loaded term. Lauric acid is different from other saturated fats.

That 2017 report was nothing new; the AHA has remained staunch in its advice regarding saturated fats for years. Her declaration falls in line with the American Heart Association's (AHA) updated guidelines. Most global dietary guidelines recommend enjoying saturated fats in moderation. These included not breaking down carbohydrates by type (processed or whole grain?) and not taking into account that numerous populations studied were subsisting on a high-carb, low-nutrient poverty diet.

Contrary to popular belief that it is one of the most healthy oils out there, Karin has urged that this certainly isn't the case and rather recommends people to avoid it. As such, coconut oil works as a great remedy for atopic dermatitis and enhances the barrier of the skin as well as protects you from UV radiation. And while there's no question that downing spoonfuls of coconut oil on a daily basis is a bad idea, if you like the taste, there's no reason to ditch it altogether.

Coconut oil is rich is lauric acid. It would take 10 tablespoons (150 milliliters) of typical coconut oil to equal the levels of medium-chain triglycerides in St-Onge's research, which would add up to more than 1,000 calories. In fact, many so-called superfoods may not be all they're cracked up to be. "This is one of the worst foods you can eat".

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