Publicado: Vie, Agosto 24, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Coconut oil is pure poison: Harvard professor

Coconut oil is pure poison: Harvard professor

Michels, who serves as chair of Harvard's Department of Epidemiology, called the product "pure poison" as she explained that its saturated fat content is a serious threat to cardiovascular health.

According to data by American Heart Association (AHA), more than 80 per cent of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, which is far beyond butter (63 per cent), beef fat (50 per cent) and pork lard (39 per cent). As The Guardian reports, Michels' primary criticism of the oil lies in its high saturated fat content, which elevates "bad" LDL cholesterol levels and thus increases risk of heart disease.

The AHA, which advises against the use of coconut oil, recommends eating no more than six percent of saturated fat as part of total daily calories for those who need lower cholesterol.

While coconut oil has been advertised as a health food of sorts, nutrition experts say there is little evidence to back that claim.

In the United States, coconut oil sales appear to have peaked in 2015 at $229 million, according to the market research firm Spins. "But some forms of HDL don't do that", Willett said, "so we don't know for sure that higher HDL is better".

Coconut oil should be purchased in its natural state - as a solid. He said rigorous clinical trials and observational studies both show that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats helps reduce heart disease and related deaths.

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Like other oils, coconut oil is calorie-dense, which means consuming large amounts without reducing other calorie sources can lead to weight gain.

Other research specifically on coconut oil has explored its effects on metabolism, appetite and cognitive function - but "you can't infer from. studies what coconut oil will and will not do".

"Oil is a really easy way to increase the energy density of a food".

When it comes to day-to-day cooking, experts suggest using olive oil, canola oil or soybean oil instead of coconut.

In small amounts, however, coconut oil can have a place in one's diet.

Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil "is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it". "Coconut oil is better used on the skin rather than digested and can alternatively be used as an excellent moisturizer".

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