Over the past 10 years, coconut oil has been touted as a superfood with uses that range from the perfect cooking oil to a natural lubricant during intercourse. It charmed the health food world for decades and we bought it despite the fact that last year, the American Heart Association released an advisory statement warning against using too much of it. Now, a video has surfaced where a doctor from Harvard calls coconut oil, “pure poison”. “Pure poison”, not just “unhealthy for you”.

Those are strong words that need heeding

In a 50-minute lecture that garnered over 800,000 hits on YouTube, the talk by Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, went viral. Michels went further, describing coconut oil, “one of the worse foods you can eat.” Why? In her talk that’s caused this viral reaction, “Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors”, Michels says it’s poison because of the high saturated fat content. When you hear saturated fats, think: high cholesterol, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and just plain ‘ole fat, fat, fat.

Michel further explained that at a rate of 85% saturated fat, coconut oil contains a higher percentage than butter and even lard, which contain a relative 63% and 39%, according to the American Heart Association. Furthermore, there is NO research supporting the claims that coconut oil is healthier for you. In fact, the research we do have attests to the harmful nature of consuming too many saturated fats. Coconut oil actually spikes your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels; it’s that poison-potent.

Knowing what we know about saturated fats, how did we get caught up in the coconut oil craze before Professor Michels enlightened us? I don’t know the answer to that. But now that we know coconut oil is “pure poison,” let’s direct our attention to using oils with the lowest percentage of saturated fat contents, oils like vegetable oil, safflower, canola, or olive oil.

And as for the rest of your diet? 11-13 grams per day of saturated fat should be your limit comprising only 5-6% of your daily caloric intake.

Just say “no!” to coconut oil!


1. Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison’. Rachelle Bergstein. New York Post.

2. How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”. Vox.

3. Saturated Fats. American Heart Association.