Is coconut oil a superfood or dietary scourge?

Virgin coconut oil is linked to many health benefits

Virgin coconut oil is linked to many health benefits

If you're anything like us you've been slathering coconut oil pretty much everywhere recently.

In the 50-minute lecture titled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors", Michels, director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said the much-beloved sweet-tasting oil is the worst thing you can put in your body. Dr. Michaels claims that coconut oil is even worse than lard (fat rendered from hog fat), once a hit among Housewives of the 1950-ies.

Distribution of coconut oil began in the early 2000s after two research scientists at Columbia University have shown beneficial effects of fatty acids contained in the coconut.

The reality is, one tablespoon of coconut oil adds up to more than 11 grams of saturated fats-the type of fat that is considered unhealthy.

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Many health organisations around the world have also in time past queried the love of coconut oil, including the World Health Organisation, British Nutrition Foundation, and the British Heart Foundation.

So maybe, it is time to remove coconut oil from your everyday dishes and move to healthier options like canola oil or olive oil. In addition to the fact that some HDLs are known to lower LDL levels, it has led to the trend of using coconut oil for health benefits.

Saturated fats are nearly certainly bad in excess.

A report came out in recent days that coconut oil is, and I quote, "pure poison". Even though the saturated fat in coconut oil is slightly different to that found in animal products, it doesn't make it a healthy option.

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As CNN points out, many people think coconut oil is a healthy alternative. A 2015 Cochrane review found that cutting back on saturated fats also lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 17% - but it didn't change the risk of dying, and there was no benefit to replacing these fats with protein or starchy foods.

The oil used in the research is a special 100 percent medium-chain coconut oil.

"It's not that you have to absolutely avoid coconut oil, but rather limit coconut oil to where you really need that special flavor, like for Thai food or for baking a special dessert", Willett said. "However, it is best to restrict yourself to small amounts and use unsaturated oils as an everyday choice instead".

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