Coconut oil shunned by experts is gaining traction.
The once-revered oil suddenly is under the microscope.
Some experts are questioning its benefits.
For some time coconut oil was seen the best oil for its health benefits and nutritional value.
It was touted as a superfood.
Its unique combination of fatty acids were seen as positive benefits for your health.
Reasons for using coconut were fat loss and better brain function.
Other cited benefits were:
Increasing fat burning.
Killing harmful microorganisms.
Reducing hunger pangs, resulting in eating less.
Raising the good cholesterol levels in your body.
Protecting your skin, hair and dental health.
Helping you lose fat, especially bad abdominal fat.
Sales sky rocketed once coconut oil received celebrity endorsements.
Actress Angelina Jolie-Pitt has a tablespoon with her breakfast.
Model Miranda Kerr says she adds it to salads and smoothies.
Coconut Oil Shunned
But the tide has turned.
The biggest and most powerful naysayer was none other than Karin Michels.
She is a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Coconut oil is “one of the worst foods you can eat”, she says.
She calls it poison.
Her recent lecture called – Coconut oil and Other Nutritional Errors – caused a major stir.
On You Tube it had more than one million views.
Michels bases her warning on the high proportion of saturated fat in coconut oil. It raises the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).
And increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coconut oil contains more than 80 per cent saturated fat.
That is more than twice the amount found in lard.
And 60 per cent more than in beef drippings.
The bloom is off coconut oil.
The disavowal of coconut oil is similar to what experts are saying about multi-vitamins.
Even the American Heart Association says using coconut oil increases bad cholesterol levels in your blood leading to greater risk of a heart attack.
“We advise against the use of coconut oil,” says the association.