What is the Hype with coconut goodness gone bad
Coconut Popularity demise
A lecture from a Harvard professor blasting the popularity of coconut oil has gone viral on YouTube, garnering nearly 1 million views since it was posted in July 2017. During the talk titled “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors,” Karin Michels calls coconut oil “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat,” according to a translation from Business Insider Deutschland.
Though often touted as a health food, there is no scientific evidence showing significant health benefits of coconut oil consumption.
Coconut oil “has an undeserved health halo,” registered dietician Samantha Heller said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “It’s not going to kill you. … But it is a saturated fat. And saturated fat we know raises the risk for cardiovascular disease and internal inflammation. It’s in the same category as butter and lard.”
Experts have set the record straight about coconut oil being saturated fat and has higher risk of causing atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil is saturated Fat
Coconut oil is made up of 80% saturated fat which is similar to butter which is about 60% or beef fat which is about 40%, these saturated fats raise the level of bad cholesterol which has been linked with heart disease.
“If you’re going to use coconut oil, make sure you get virgin oil,” Dr. Brenna said. “And, of course, everything in moderation.”
The product is fine to use “occasionally, in dishes that you like,” but be warned there are health claims on its use.
This isn’t the first time in recent years that experts have attempted to set the record straight.
It is better to cook with olive oil compared to table spoon of coconut oil which contains about six times the amount of saturated fat, nearly meeting the daily limit of about 13 grams which the Heart association recommends. High saturated fat intake has been tied to increased levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol, which raises the risk of heart disease.
Moderation is always key to any doubts other than over consuming a contraindicated food which may lead to heart dise3ase in the future.
Other uses of coconut oil like rinsing your mouth with coconut oil has not been mentioned in the research as long as they are not ingested.