Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison', According To A Harvard Professor

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Unfortunately, if you've been swapping butter out for it to keep you healthy during breakfast it turns out coconut oil is about a shocking 86 percent saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52 percent.

Dr Karin Michels says the product - which is championed by many health food advocates - is "one of the worst foods you can eat" due to the damaging effect the saturated fatty acids in the coconut oil can have on your body.

On the opposite side of the hysteria, another Harvard professor has said that coconut oil might not be great for you, but eating it isn't exactly going to kill you. However, most of the commercially available oil has a 13 to 14 percent MCT content, which means you'd have to eat 150 grams, or 10 tablespoons, of coconut oil a day to reap the benefits. "Unfortunately, the fats in coconut oil are not pure MCTs (it's about 50 to 65 per cent), and the predominant MCT in coconut oil (lauric acid) is probably considered the least effective MCT because it's the longest chain". "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.

She says most of the beneficial nutrients in them can be easily found in more common foods like carrots, cherries, and apricots.

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"We are well and sufficiently supplied", she said, according to a translation of her German address. Coconut oil contains more than 80% saturated fat, more than twice the amount found in lard, and 60% more than is found in beef dripping. 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. It's important to know the different types of fat that we're looking at: "there's saturated fat, there's unsaturated fat, The unsaturated fat is what we consider heart healthy", explained Noel Konken, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health.

According to the AHA report "The Skinny on Fats", the new guidelines urge consumers to limit both saturated and trans fats. "What makes it of interest is the nature of fatty acids in coconut oil".

"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. Some gargle or rinse their mouths with coconut oil calling it "oil pulling".

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