A Harvard professor made some controversial comments concerning coconut oil in a lecture posted on YouTube.
The video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association advised people to avoid coconut oil, Business Insider Deutschland reports.
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In the talk, titled “Coconut oil and other nutritional errors,” Prof. Karen Michels described coconut oil as “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat.”
Karin Michels, the Director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a bit of a stir online.
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During the lecture, Michels made herself very clear with regard to dietary recommendations, and underlined that coconut oil is not healthy.
Its superfood status had already come under scrutiny last year after the American Heart Association updated its guidelines, which recommended that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.
Michels went a step further than to recommend avoiding the foodstuff, saying “coconut oil is pure poison” and “is one of the worst foods you can eat.”