Coconut oil, advocated by clean-eating proponents as a healthy alternative to butter, is & gm; pure poison & # 39; that increases cholesterol levels, a Harvard professor said.
Dr. Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at the US institution of public health, claimed that the ingredient is "one of the worst foods you can eat".
Sales of coconut oil have risen in the UK, with £ 23.5 million spent on the trendy product in the last twelve months, an increase of 454 percent from five years ago, according to consumer analysts Kantar.
Statements about celebrities have stimulated its popularity with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and the Kardashian sisters who are enthusiastic about coconut oil as a dietary supplement and beauty product.
Her reputation as "superfood" stems from claims that it contains a "good" type of saturated fat that some believe to boost good cholesterol.
But in her recent lecture titled Coconut oil and other nutritional errors & # 39; at the University of Freiburg, Dr. Karin Michels claimed that even lard is healthier.