"The pure poison": coconut oil is so dangerous for health
An exotic conquers the kitchen: coconut oil enjoys increasing popularity. A doctor from Freiburg warns and starts a debate. Scientists and nature conservationists are behind them. And mention the disadvantages of the oil.
It should be healthier than other fats and even cure Alzheimer's disease: coconut oil has been experiencing a true flowering period for years. Consumers around the world can even offer buying in supermarkets, drug stores and health food stores in different variations.
Nutritionists recommend careful use of coconut oil. The vegetable fat produced from the nutritional tissue of coconuts is becoming increasingly popular among consumers, said the spokeswoman for the German Food Company (DGE), Antje Gahl.
However, it contains a lot of saturated fatty acids. These posed a health risk and, among other things, increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. Coconut oil has an unjustified positive image, Gahl said.
"The pure poison"
Doctor Karin Michels (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) recently launched a heated discussion about the pros and cons of oil. In a lecture, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg named the food as "the pure poison" and recommended consumption.
The reactions to the YouTube video platform had a great response and very emotional criticism, said a spokesperson for the hospital. The goal of Michels was to provide information about nutrition and health.
Michels' statements are pointed, Gahl said. They are correct in the matter. Several international studies have pointed to the health risk of coconut oil. Nevertheless, the exotic fat benefits from the trend towards international and also vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. There is increasing demand in the trade.
Anyone who occasionally uses coconut oil to cook does not have to worry, said nutritionist Gahl. Widely used, but harmful. That coconut oil helps to lose weight, as the advertising suggests, is simply wrong, Gahl said.
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"Worse than pig lard"
Nevertheless, when a Freiburg doctor recently gave a public lecture in which she described coconut oil as "worse than lard and pure poison," the astonishment was great. Michels, who works at Harvard in addition to her executive work at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, is confident about her statements. The reason for their skepticism: about 90 percent of coconut oil is saturated fat. These increase LDL cholesterol levels, which in turn promote cardiovascular disease – in short: arteries become blocked.
Other agencies confirm their concerns
That is what the American Heart Association & # 39; discovered. She also warned against eating the popular oil. Similarly, in 2016 the Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg saw similar warnings for & # 39; not convincing & # 39; studies cited by coconut oil advocates to prove the healing or healthy properties of coconut oil. She concludes: "In our opinion, the studies cited are not suitable for proving a certain health benefit of coconut oil."
However, harmful coconut oil in general, as Freiburg Karin Michels' doctor does, is ineffective: even if the value of saturated fatty acids is even substantially higher than that of butter by 90 percent, every consumer would – as with all foods – take care of himself have to decide whether he wants to eat or not.
These oils are better than coconut oil
Vegetable oils such as rapeseed, soy, olive oil, sunflower oil or linseed oil are better than coconut oil. These contain unsaturated fatty acids and were therefore less doubtful. Unsaturated fatty acids are good for the heart and circulation of people.
Even nature conservationists can not warm themselves up for coconut oil. Because of long delivery routes and often questionable cultivation methods, it has a poor ecological balance, said Ilka Petersen, consultant land use and sustainable biomass at the WWF Germany environmental organization. Ecological and social minimum standards would hardly be observed.
In addition, the trade puts coconut farmers increasingly under pressure. They could hardly live off their income despite the rising demand, the majority of the profits go to the numerous intermediaries in the sector. The social and economic conditions for farmers need to be improved urgently.
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