Harvard professor: Coconut oil is “pure poison”

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Is coconut oil one of the worst foods you can eat? Is it even a “pure poison”?

That’s what Harvard professor Karin Michels claims in her July talk “Coconut oil and other nutritional errors”. It’s available in German on YouTube, and it has now passed 1 million views. It even ended up in the media this week:

Sky News: Coconut oil ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor

USA Today: Coconut oil is ‘pure poison,’ Harvard professor says in talk on nutrition

The Guardian: Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor

So, what is so bad about coconut oil according to Dr. Michels? The answer: It contains about 86% saturated fat – about a third more than butter! 86% saturated fat? Catastrophic! If only saturated fat wasn’t bad for you… Oh, wait. Actually, modern science shows that it is not. And thus, since natural saturated fat is fine for your health, so is coconut oil!

Study after study has shown that saturated fat isn’t bad for you. Unfortunately, outdated advice based on old and disproven theories is still being believed, even by some professors at Harvard.

I recommend checking out the updated science on the topic… or just watch this short video, where some very clever medical doctors answer the question, is saturated fat bad?

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  1. Joh
    If it were bad.....all of the population of Indonesia would have died of heart disease in the pre western lifestyle, because it was THE -only?- fat to cook with.
    Rediculous! Now they die of heart disease because of other reasons.....
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  2. Vickey
    I agree with you. I love coconut oil and I drink it in my coffee every day. At 57 I have no arterial blockage at all. Nature knows best, who are we to 'make up' food... lol
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  1. Linda McDonald
    Bingo! All one need do is check out some of the videos on this site, it gives you the entire history of "fat shaming", beginning with the first doctor who started it all, Ancel Keys!
  2. Sols
    Well said, thumbs up!

    Probably Big Pharma doesn't like people to take care of their health simply through clean eating and natural support. Probably this way there'll be less Heart attacks and cancer to fuel with chemicals...
    People disease are like inanimate for chemicals manufacturers...don't forget..healthy people is not their goal.
    Their goal is make us last a long time in illness.
    Open your eyes, Humanity.

  3. Joh
    @Mark
    Inuits died at 30? No that was the average age. Many died at childbirth, babies included, and there were accidents , it was a dangerous environment....ice, cold water, polar bears, wallruss, extreme weather conditions, all that has nothing to do with saturated fats.
    They ate the whole animal, organ meat as well, liver being the favorite part.....and guess what? Liver is THE storage organ for many important nutrients, (Google it).
    They didnot have heart disease or diabetes2. Now they do, because they buy their junk in stores!
    Look at the peoples of the “paradise” islands in the Pacific Ocean. Since they have harbours and airfields where western food is brought in....they are obese, have heart and kidney disease and diabetes2 aswell!
    They did better on coconut oil, fish and some greens....
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  5. Gerald Landry
    People suffering CF, Chronic Fatigue should experiment with the Keto Diet. If thier mitochondria (cellular energy furnace) are damaged a high carbohydrate intake will convert to Lactic acid cellularly driving the pain issue's of FM, Fibromyalgia sufferers! If the KREB and Cori Energy Cycle are damaged, they operate in an Oxygen deficient environment, called anaerobic glycolosis which converts high carbohydrate intake to Lactic acid cellularly driving up pain issue's and brain fog!
    Dieticians are NoT educated about these issue's. I was suffering hypoxia from toxic fumes for 3 days. My body was like a piece of lead. There were 59 tradesmen on oxygen my last day of work. NoT one of us was sent to a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber.
  6. Karen
    By muscle testing, are you talking about the scam where you touch something and have someone push down on your arm while doing it? What a joke.
  7. Mary-Lou
    I am so glad our GP was open minded and brought in another doctor who counselled us on a low carb, high fat diet. My husband was facing the possibility of taking a fourth prescription for his diabetes or taking insulin injections. In January, 2017 he contacted a local teaching hospital because they were looking for diabetic participants for a study. He didn't qualify because he had had the disease too long. However, he asked what were they doing to change their lifestyles. She said they were basically going on a Ketogenic diet. I have to admit, I did not want to do it without the supervision of a doctor. I also had misgivings because I was treated for breast cancer in 2012 and was told to stick to a low fat diet among other lifestyle guidelines. I am a firm believer in following only evidence based information. In November, 2017 we met with the Doctor our GP had brought into his office for an hour long appointment and we went on the keto diet at the beginning of December. My husband has lost almost forty pounds. I lost ten but I was not overweight. He just had his annual physical and all of his numbers have improved: blood pressure, kidney function, glucose. His bad cholesterol has gone up, but is still in the acceptable range, while the good cholesterol has gone up even higher. We were supposed to have a follow up appointment with the other Doctor, but for some reason it didn't happen. I was wondering if the government health plan had stopped coverage. We've recently been told that we will be able to meet with him again. Thank you diet Doctor.
  8. Lucy
    I started the Keto Diet Jan 2,2018. I have lost 55 lbs. And have been off my BP meds for 6 months. Every time I eat more Carbs then I should, it upsets my stomach. I don't do that very often. Coconut Oil in Fat Bombs, life savers.
  9. Sheila
    I believe that Palm Oil has been substituted for other oil due to the deforestation problem in Malaya and Indonesia where natural rainforest is being replaced by palm oil plantations. Someone has finally realised the devastating effect this has on the orangutan population, not to mention the climate. Sorry but messing with nature as mankind does, for the so called 'benefit' (greed) of mankind is totally selfish on a huge scale. I, for one and on principle avoid palm oil.
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  10. Surender
    This is totally wrong, I am not who influenced this guy to write Coconut oil is bad . If any one look at comments no one accepts his theory. We have numerous studies on Coconut oil . Jason Fung, Gary Taubes , Nina Teicholz, Robert Lustig, Mark Hyman and many more suggested Coconut oil is good. Diet Doctor site posting these kind of articles not worth read and don’t waste your time.
  11. Kring

    I believe that Palm Oil has been substituted for other oil due to the deforestation problem in Malaya and Indonesia where natural rainforest is being replaced by palm oil plantations. Someone has finally realised the devastating effect this has on the orangutan population, not to mention the climate. Sorry but messing with nature as mankind does, for the so called 'benefit' (greed) of mankind is totally selfish on a huge scale. I, for one and on principle avoid palm oil.

    The palm oil is being exported to the U.S. for biofuel. Nothing to do with dietary palm oil:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=palm+oil+biofuel+subsidies

  12. Gato
    Harvard, a university that admits students for political reasons, not scholastic.
    Reply: #64
  13. Una
    Good to have been tested well and not got any blocked arteries. Gives the rest of us confidence.
  14. Una
    That's a bit unfair about Harvard!
  15. Lisa
    That type of “doctors “ upset me a lot because “Harvard” it’s her back up and common people believe those statements. In NM most of the doctors does not prescribe fat for “insuficient” studies and it’s sad to see those patients multimeds users.
  16. linda
    We have used only coconut oil and butter for several years and recently I have started rendering my own beef tallow(similar to lard but from a cow instead of a pig) and my husband's ct scan of his heart last week was perfect, no blocked arteries at all! He was tested only because of family history. So we will continue to use all of these heart healthy oils in all our foods and in all my baking.
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