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Who's Behind the Claim That Coconut Oil Is Pure Poison?

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  • A German lecture in which Harvard professor Karin Michels proclaims coconut oil is “pure poison” has been picked up by many English-speaking media outlets
  • Michels is a proponent of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) advisory against saturated fats such as coconut oil. She also has professional ties to Harvard professor Frank Sacks, who was the lead author of the AHA’s 2017 advisory on saturated fats
  • The AHA’s Presidential Advisory against saturated fats specifically identifies coconut oil as a harmful fat, even though coconut oil was not included in any of the studies AHA used to support its claims
  • The low-fat myth was born and grew to take hold in the 1960s and early ‘70s, and it is four studies from these eras that the AHA uses as the justification for their recommendation to avoid saturated fats
  • Coconut oil supports thyroid function, normalizes insulin and leptin sensitivity, boosts metabolism, and provides excellent and readily available fuel for your body in lieu of carbohydrates

By Dr. Mercola

Chances are you've seen the recent headlines claiming coconut oil is "pure poison." That declaration was made in a lecture posted on YouTube by Karin Michels, Ph.D., professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Germany.


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