VERIFY: Is coconut oil bad for you?

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On the contrary, it is "one of the most harmful foods you can eat".

Karin Michels attacked the promotion of the oil as a healthy alternative in a lecture in Germany that has been watched almost a million times on YouTube.

However, as per Dr Karin Michels lecture at the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, coconut oil is 'pure poison'.

And coconut oil raises the risk for heart disease.

For certain health food shops and well-being websites, coconut oil is the solution for everything from bad hair and grogginess to obesity and hemorrhoids.

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Coconut oil's rise to fame began after two studies by Columbia University which looked at medium-chain fatty acids, a type of fat present in coconuts. It can be used in moderation, according to Doctor Walter C. Willett, of Harvard's Department of Nutrition. But the carefully-crafted image of coconut oil, as a cure for many ills, has been roundly rejected by a Harvard professor.

Coconut oil has been removed from AHA's list of healthy oil options which include the naturally occurring vegetable oils that are unhydrogenated such as Safflower, Canola, Olive oil, or Sunflower oil.

Coconut oil has been hailed for being a superfood with a number of health benefits.

The professor is claiming coconut oil to be poison and unhealthy for humans.

In recent years the coconut oil began to gain popularity. "HDL is called the "good cholesterol" because it helps to keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries, while LDL is called the "bad cholesterol" because it's the main source of cholesterol build-up and blockage in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke".

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Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil "is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it".

It has proved to be hard to rank all the different types of oil.

Saturated fats are nearly certainly bad in excess.

Yes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with known health benefits. Experts warn that consuming large amounts of coconut oil will not benefit those at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Despite the advice, promotions from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett, and celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and others, have helped United Kingdom sales of coconut oil surge in recent years. "Saturated fats are just one piece of the puzzle".

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