Is coconut oil poisonous?

Is coconut oil poisonous?

While there are advertisements claiming coconut oil as a health food, there is little evidence to back that claim, said nutrition experts.

Karin Michaels, the director of the Institute of Prevention and Turmor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in a talk titled "Coconut oil and other Nutritional errors" revealed that it is pure poison and possibly one of the worst food a person can have. Many of them believe coconuts healthy fat, but even the American heart Association encourages people to use them with great caution.

Saturated fats are the ones that tend to hang around in your arteries and lead to heart disease, according to health experts. As a previous Inquisitr article points out, Michels is also a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, so it is likely she has researched her claims before making her statement which was posted to YouTube and has already garnered over 1 million views.

CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula pointed out that coconut oil is 80 percent saturated fat, which is similar to butter, which is about 60 percent saturated fat, or beef fat, which is about 40 percent saturated fat.

As CNN points out, many people think coconut oil is a healthy alternative.

Dr Karin Michels, a medical professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, claims that it's more unsafe to consume than lard due to the amount of fatty acids in the product.

Despite coconut oil being considered as the most preferred form of cooking oil in many parts of the world, a Harvard professor has labelled it as "poison". The bottom line is that while there is limited research about coconut oil's impact on the body-whether good or bad.

Thus, coconut oil may not be literally poisonous but given that it is loaded with saturated fat, it may not be the most ideal superfood to chug. A survey conducted in 2016 and published in the New York Times found that 72 percent of Americans think coconut oil is healthy, versus only 37 percent of the nutritionists that were polled.

"The more important thing to remember is the overall dietary picture", Sacks said.

Coconut oil could have other good uses that don't involve using it as food.