Do you often use coconut oil when cooking? Beware, because the ingredient could be harmful, says a new report.
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Karin Michels of Harvard T.H. The Chan School of Public Health recently held a German-language lecture titled "Coconut oil and other nutritional errors". During the 50-minute talk, she uncovered several myths that the popular product, which was praised as a superfood, helps with weight loss and brain function.
In fact, she said, "Coconut oil is pure poison," according to a translation by Business Insider. "It's one of the worst foods you can eat."
She said that it is more dangerous to our hearts than lard because it consists almost entirely of saturated fatty acids that can block our arteries. In addition, there is no study showing the health benefits of coconut oil
This is not the first time that coconuts are touted as unhealthy.
"Because coconut oil raises LDL cholesterol, a cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and has no known adverse effects, we advise against using coconut oil," the AHA said.
Organization recommends that people consume no more than 6 percent of saturated fat as part of their total calorie intake every day.
Health experts believe that rapeseed and flaxseed oil, which contain many unsaturated fatty acids; and soy, sunflower and corn oils made from polyunsaturated fats are good alternatives.
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