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Coconut oil

Post by chaggle » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:27 am

This has been THE food fad for the last couple of years. I never bothered to find out much about - just assumed that it was another useless and unnecessary supplement.

Turns out I was wrong - it's worse than that...

https://news.sky.com/story/coconut-oil- ... ssion=true
Coconut oil 'pure poison', says Harvard professor
Coconut oil is "one of the worst foods you can eat" and is "pure poison", a Harvard professor has said.

In a speech at the prestigious American university, Dr Karin Michels warned against consuming it.
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Re: Coconut oil

Post by Croydon13013 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:47 pm

Well, "pure poison" is obviously an exaggeration. That it isn't good for you has been known for a long time. The NHS recommends against consumption. But it is probably not quite as bad for you as palm oil and that is in lots and lots of things.
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Re: Coconut oil

Post by Matt » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:29 pm

I thought the main problem with palm oil was the destruction of the wild habitats where Orang Utan's lived. Didn't think it was poisoning my peanut butter,

I remember shopping around for coconut oil trying to replicate Ben Goldacre's entrepreneurial experiments with home made moisturiser. Turned out that very small pots are very expensive from health food outlets and supermarkets but that massive tubs were cheap as chips at the corner shop. Though maybe it was the wrong kind as the experiment was a total bust with an end result more like beef dripping than moisturiser.

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Re: Coconut oil

Post by bindeweede » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:13 pm

Croydon13013 wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:47 pm
Well, "pure poison" is obviously an exaggeration. That it isn't good for you has been known for a long time. The NHS recommends against consumption. But it is probably not quite as bad for you as palm oil and that is in lots and lots of things.
The Karin Michaels comment is all over the news channels, and has been quoted many times since the video, in German, was published on Youtube on July 10th. I came across a more measured article, via CNN.

"Is coconut oil really 'pure poison?' The facts behind the claim."

https://www.fox4now.com/lifestyle/is-co ... -the-claim



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Re: Coconut oil

Post by Croydon13013 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:58 am

Matt wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:29 pm
I thought the main problem with palm oil was the destruction of the wild habitats where Orang Utan's lived. Didn't think it was poisoning my peanut butter,
The primary criticism of coconut oil is the high level of saturated fat - 82%. Palm oil can be as high as 86% (although apparently it can be as low as 49%, I don't understand the differences). Neither have much in the way of "good fats" but coconut oil is alleged to have more.

It's not a subject that I know enough about to even be able to make sense of the large amount of contradictory info.
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