Do you often use coconut oil during cooking? Beware, because the ingredient can be harmful to your health, according to a new report.
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Karin Michels, or Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, recently a German-language lecture entitled "Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors."
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During the 50-minute talk, she exposed several myths that the popular product, which has been praised as a superfood, helps with weight loss and brain function.
She even said: "Coconut oil is pure poison", according to a translation from Business Insider. "It is one of the worst things you can eat."
She said that it is more dangerous for our heart than lard because it almost completely consists of saturated fatty acids, which can block our blood vessels. Moreover, no research is available that demonstrates the health benefits of coconut oil.
This is not the first time that coconut oil is touted as unhealthy.
In 2017, the American Heart Association conducted a study that found that 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated fat, which is known to increase "bad" cholesterol and lead to blockades and buildup of plaque that can cause strokes and heart attacks.
"Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD (cardiovascular disease) and has no known beneficial effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil," wrote the AHA.
The organization recommends that people consume no more than 6 percent saturated fat daily as part of their total caloric intake.
Health experts believe that rapeseed oil and linseed oil contain many unsaturated fatty acids; and soy, sunflower and corn oil, consisting of polyunsaturated fats, are good alternatives.
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