IF you are cuckoo for coconut oil, think again carefully.
That is the message of a Dr. Karin Michels from the School of Public Health at Harvard, who is currently doing the rounds on YouTube.
The 50-minute German-speaking lecture, entitled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors", invalidates the popular belief that the ingredient is a waist-slimming, brain-raising superfood.
"Coconut oil is pure poison," said the Harvard professor, according to a translation by Business insider. "It is one of the worst things you can eat."
This warning can be a shock to advocates of fat, greasy things, who not only use it to cook, but also mix it in their cup of coffee.
Enthusiasts say that the resulting beverage – called "bulletproof coffee" – curb cravings and help in defeating foreshadow after awakening.
Some fans even believe that a tablespoon of coconut oil can prevent gingivitis and sinusitis. That is why they spend 10 minutes a day gargling – a habit known as "oil leakage".
Michels is not the first expert to come up with the alleged status of oil as miracle food.
The American Heart Association advised not to consume too much in June 2017, after a study showed that all saturated fats – regardless of the source – are harmful to the health of the heart.
Only because it comes from a plant does not mean that it is good for you: the same study pointed out that coconut oil, which consists of 82% saturated fat, is actually richer than butter. The saturated fat content of that much maligned ingredient? Sixty-three percent.