A lecture by a Harvard professor who is the popularity ofhas become viral on YouTube and has seen almost 1 million times since it was posted in July. During the lecture with the title Coconut oil and other nutritional errors & # 39; calls Karin Michels coconut oil & # 39; pure poison & # 39; and "one of the worst foods you can eat & # 39 ;," says a translation from Business Insider Deutschland.
Michels is director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumorepidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Although often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence that shows significant health benefits from coconut oil consumption.
This is not the first time in recent years that experts have tried to set the record straight.
In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a report that was intended to shed light on the long-running debate on the healthiest fats. The advice advice against taking coconut oil because of the high saturated fat content.
"This important article again confirms the scientific evidence that saturated fat increases LDL cholesterol, a major cause of atherosclerosis," says Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., RD, professor of nutrition at Vermont University, in a statement on the website. from the AHA. at the time. "Moreover, replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat reduces the incidence of cardiovascular disease."
Experts note that many people believe that cooking with or consuming coconut oil is healthy because it has been marketed that way, where companies have alleged benefits such as anti-aging, prevention ofand cardiovascular health.
"But the reality is when you look at what coconut oil is made, 80 percent of it is saturated fat and that's similar to butter, which is about 60 percent saturated fat or beef fat, which is about 40 percent," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula told "CBS This Morning" last year. "Saturated fat increases LDL or" bad "cholesterol, so coconut oil will have the same effect as butter and beef fat."
The report of the American Heart Association stated that the replacement of saturated fats, including coconut oil, butter, beef fat or palm oil with healthier, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as olive oil, peanut oil, rapeseed oil, corn oil and sunflower oil lowerswith about 30 percent – as much as .
In fact, the attention-grabbing headlines in recent years also doubted whether saturated fat is as bad as previously thought, leading to even more confusion among consumers, Narula emphasized. However, the AHA has stated since the 1960s that saturated fat is harmful to the health of heart and blood vessels.
The AHA recommends people with high cholesterol to keep the total intake of saturated fat at 5 to 6 percent of the daily total calories. For people who do not have high cholesterol levels, that number should be less than 10 percent.
""Said Narula." I think it is very confusing for people who think they are all the same, but there are really big differences and you have to read the labels and you have to look at what you use. "
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