Coconut Oil Is "Pure Poison", Says Harvard Professor

Coconut oil in short has been hailed as a superfood for some time now.

A Harvard professor has called the supposed health benefits of coconut oil into question by saying it's as bad for your wellbeing as "pure poison".

However, according to health expert, Dr Karin Michels, the "superfood" oil is actually "one of the worst foods you can eat".

As it turns out, Michels' assessment of coconut oil is a lot closer to what the scientific evidence has to say about the fat than what acolytes claim - though "poison" may be a bit of stretch.

Unfortunately, if you've been swapping butter out for it to keep you healthy during breakfast it turns out coconut oil is about a shocking 86 percent saturated fat - about a third more than butter, which is 52 percent.

Adding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier.

While this makes coconut oil controversial in the sense of is it healthy or not-health experts say the bottom line is coconut oil is still a saturated fat. According to Dr Michels, consuming coconut oil is far more detrimental than lard, as coconut oil is predominantly made up of saturated fatty acids, as reported by "Business Insider".

While the AHA did not say that coconut is one of the world's worst foods, Michels did.

But don't throw out that coconut oil just yet, because if you've been using the oil for its cosmetic benefits then it can't be taxing on your heart.

While Michels doesn't describe other "superfoods" like acai, chia seeds or matcha as harmful, at most she considers them ineffective due to the fact that, in most cases, the nutrients they're touted for are available just as readily in other foods that are more easily accessible such as carrots, cherries, and apricots.

The American Heart Association report noted that replacing saturated fats, including coconut oil, butter, beef fat or palm oil with healthier, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, corn oil, and sunflower oil lowers cardiovascular disease risk by about 30 percent - as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. "For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that's about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat". Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and absorbent nature, coconut oil is a great topical remedy or those who suffer from dry skin. Some gargle or rinse their mouths with coconut oil calling it "oil pulling".

Excessive amounts of saturated fats in a diet increases cholesterol, which can lead to blocked arteries and heart disease.

So what's the actual verdict on coconut oil?