Dr Karin Michels, professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, labelled coconut oil “one of the worst foods you can eat” during a 50 minute German-language talk at the University of Freiburg.
The title of the talk was ‘Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors’. The video, which has amassed more than 800,000 views since being published last month, comes as debate rages over people turning to coconuts as a guilt-free fat amongst a trend of low carb/high fat diets.
However, last year the American Heart Association released a report advising against using coconut oil. Existing data showed the fat increased “bad” cholesterol in seven out of seven trials, just as butter, beef fat and palm oil.
In fact, the fat in coconut oil is far more saturated (82 percent) than butter (63 percent), and beef fat (50 percent).
Lead author on the report Frank Sacks says he has “no idea” why people think coconut oil is healthy, when there’s no evidence it’s better than any alternatives.
Mr Sacks says it still could be effective to put “on your body” as a moisturiser, just not “in your body”.