Coconut oil is poison, says Medical Professor

coconut oil is poison, says medical professor

We shove it in the pan, we rub it on our skin and we plait it into our hair - some even dollop it in their coffee and there’s good reason, too. According to some research, coconut oil helps balance our hormones, improves digestion, kills candida, reduces cellulite and balances blood sugar. 

As a nation, we can’t get enough of it. A 2016 report shows that we’re spending £16m on coconut related products compared to just £1m three years earlier.

However, according to one professor, coconut oil is one big lie, claiming it’s worse than lard, a poison, and one of the worst things you can eat.

Dr Karin Michels, who heads up the tumour research centre at the University of Freiburg, made the statement in a 50-minute talk in German last month. You can view it, here.

The video has now amassed more than 400,000 hits since it was published and adds to the debate that perhaps coconut oil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Dr Michels isn’t the only one to have bad things to say about coconut oil. Other institutions have warned against over-consumption. The American Heart Association has urged consumers to restrict their use and the British Heart Foundation says there is not enough good-quality research to provide a definitive answer as to whether coconut oil is better for you than other saturated fats.

It says the healthier choice would be to opt for an unsaturated fat, such as vegetable oil or sunflower oil.

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A version of this article appeared on menshealth.co.uk