Coconut Oil is nothing but ‘pure poison’,Harvard professor said

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Coconut trees grow almost everywhere in our country,Myanmar.Especially we can see many coconut trees along the beach of Myanmar coast.So coconut,coconut milk and coconut oil is familiar with Myanmar people in their daily life food styles.

Myanmar traditional foods with coconut milk

A Mynamar housewife’s daily work in the morning is going to the market nearby and buying some meats or fishes,sometime prawns and vegetables,to cook in their kitchen.Most of Myanmar housewives always cook their meals in their kitchen inspite of changing their life styles day by day..Before they have lunch,their traditional breakfast may be Monhinga and Myanmar tea,and the noodle with coconut milk  and something they like.

There are some Monhinga and tea shops where they can have noodle with coconut milk breakfast at nearby markets.And they often enjoy cooking it in their kitchen with their family.All of Myanmar housewife can cook Monhinga, and noodle with coconut milk. Myanmar people love Monhinga and the traditional foods with coconut milk such as Shwekyi and Kyaukkyaw.So I commented that coconut milk and oil are familiar with Myanmar people at the start of this article.But Myanmar people don’t know whether it’s healthy or not in detail.I’ld like to share what I read on global medias.

A dietary fad in Thailand

In a tropical country like Thailand,coconut milk or oil is a dietary fad, a “superfood” and sometimes even used oil to remove makeup, but according to one Harvard University professor, Karin Michels of the department of epidemiology, said coconut oil is nothing but “pure poison,” during a German lecture last month,Business Insider reports.The comment,which has garnered attention from social media users around the world, has brought up an age-old question on food with saturated fat: is it good for us?

One of the ‘worst foods’

Michels went on to add that coconut oil was one of the worst foods you could eat.Michels said there were no studies that showed the health benefits of eating coconut oil and added the oil was more “dangerous” than other types of fat, Business Insider continued.

“It almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries. You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard,” the site notes.

What Abbey’s Kitchen said

Registered dietitian and blogger Abbey Sharp of Abbey’s Kitchen, said calling a single food “pure poison” is quite dramatic.

 “While coconut oil isn’t a superfood, it isn’t inherently problematic either,” she told Global News.  “Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat, which for years has been demonized in the nutrition media. But a recent meta-analysis found that a diet rich in saturated fats doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of heart disease so now everyone is on a sat-fat kick.”

Coconut oil in particular also contains a unique saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), she adds.“MCTs are metabolized differently in the body and may have some thermogenic (that is mild fat burning) benefits. Unfortunately, the fats in coconut oil are not pure MCTs (it’s about 50 to 65 per cent), and the predominant MCT in coconut oil (lauric acid) is probably considered the least effective MCT because it’s the longest chain.”

In 2017, an advisory update published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation noted coconut oil raised LDL cholesterol (or the bad cholesterol) like butter, beef fat and palm oil.And lead author Dr. Frank Sacks said in a statement in 2017.“We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels.Saturated fat increases LDL — bad cholesterol — which is a major cause of artery-clogging plaque and cardiovascular disease.”

Stay moderate

But whether it has benefits or not, coconut oil is still pure fat with about 100 calories a tablespoon.

“I wouldn’t go putting it on everything or eating spoonfuls of it. Cooking with it in moderation, however, is totally A-OK in my books,” Sharp said.“I personally love it for its tropical flavour. In general, I recommend that people aim to get a wide variety of fats in their diet to get the balance of fatty acids our body needs.”

For Myanmar People

Myanmar people also love coconut milk for it’s tropical flavor as Sharp loves it.But as she gave advice,we should stay moderate.Especially if we have some chronic diseases such as diabetic and cardiovascular system,we will need to choose effective nutritional diets for our health.Now Harvard professor has already commented and warned what coconut oil is.What should we do for our health? The answer for us is to avoid poison in our daily diet.

Ref: Global News and Abbey’s Kitchen

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