Is Coconut oil purely Poisonous?

World divided over Harvard professor's 'coconut oil' claim

So instead of saturated fats doctors recommend healthier oils such as canola, corn, soybean and olive oils, but Dr. Oz add that a small amount of coconut oil won't kill you, but it won't make you healthier either.

Referring to coconut oil as "pure poison" and labelling it "one of the worst things you can eat" has predictably put the spotlight on professor Karin Michels.

Michels made the statement in a recent lecture titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors" at the University of Freiburg, where she holds a second academic position as director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour Epidemiology.

Many may disagree with Dr Michels claims, but nutritionists say that there's no proof to back the fact that coconut oil is a healthy food.

Despite coconut oil being considered as the most preferred form of cooking oil in many parts of the world, a Harvard professor has labelled it as "poison".

But a number of health coaches, however, seem to disagree with this observation as Luke Coutinho took to Facebook to share his views about the aforementioned claim stating that "Any oil in excess, refined, wood churned, cold pressed, virgin will cause damage to the heart". The speech, delivered in German, has now been watched almost a million times on YouTube.

So is it good or bad?

Research has found a mixed bag when it comes to saturated fats, and coconut oil in particular.

"Coconut oil contains more than 80 per cent saturated fat, more than twice the amount found in lard, and 60 per cent more than is found in beef dripping", according to The Guardian. "To date, there is no strong scientific evidence to support health benefits from eating coconut oil". The danger of high cholesterol have been proven.

Saturated fats are nearly certainly bad in excess. Reportedly, coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter.

Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil "is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it".

One tablespoon of coconut oil contains more than 11 grams of saturated fats, according to the Federal National Nutrient Database. The organization reveals that reducing saturated fat intake and replacing it with unsaturated fat lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.