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Is coconut fat traded as a superfood very dangerous to health?
"Coconut oil is one of the worst things you can eat!" As Professor Dr. Dr. Karin Michels says this sentence the day before, a murmur goes through the crowd. The nutrition expert would like to explain the coconut fat marketed as superfood. It is the pure poison, she judges the popular oil.
Professor Dr. Karin Michels is director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University Medical Center Freiburg. In a public lecture series on the topic of “Prevention - for a healthy life”, the expert commented on the alleged panacea coconut oil. Her talk was published on YouTube and quickly had over 700,000 viewers.
Myth of coconut oil
As Michels reports, advertising in particular paints a very positive picture of coconut fat. Common claims include that it makes you less fat due to the lauric acid it contains, contains a lot of healthy medium-chain fatty acids and has an antimicrobial effect. Is coconut oil actually the healthier alternative? According to Professor Michels, not a single positive aspect of coconut oil has been proven by a human study.
Worse than lard
"Coconut oil is pure poison," said the director. It is even worse than lard. As the nutritionist explains, coconut fat is one of the saturated fats and shares space there with butter, lard and palm fat. These fats are instrumental in clogging the coronary arteries, increasing the risk of developing heart disease and premature cardiac death.
Avoid hardened fats
One of the ways to recognize hardened fats is that they become solid at room temperature. Such fats should be avoided if possible, Michels advises. The only thing worse is the trans fats, which are artificially hardened to make many industrially manufactured products crispier.
Which oil should I use?
Professor Michels recommends using simply unsaturated fatty acids for heating or frying. Conventional olive oil and rapeseed oil are very well suited for this purpose. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, should not be heated too much, as this will lose the benefits of these oils.
These oils are very healthy
The nutrition expert also recommends polyunsaturated omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In particular, the omega 3 fatty acids, which are contained in linseed oil and fish oil, for example, are very good for health. Even if people need both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, one should consume more and more omega 3 fatty acids, says Michels.
Hit the nerve
"We are pleased that, thanks to social media, we can make the content of a public event accessible to so many people," reports Benjamin Waschow, Head of Corporate Communication at the University Hospital Freiburg in a press release on the widely regarded lecture. "We have probably hit a nerve with the topic." The university perceives it as an enrichment that the topic is still controversial. As the university reports, a real flood of emails was triggered after the publication. (vb)