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Coconut Oil Is Actually Really Bad For Your Heart, the American Heart Association Warns

Coconut Oil Is Actually Really Bad For Your Heart, the American Heart Association Warns

Coconut oil "pure poison" and "one of the worst foods to eat", according to American Heart Association.

Scratch everything you thought you knew about coconut oil and listen up. Over a year after the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed it isn't as healthy for you as you might have thought, dietitians have continued to warn people of the negative effects it can have on both your body and health.

In case you don't remember, Harvard professor Karen Michels previously spoke in a viral video called "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors" in which she deemed coconut oil "pure poison" and "one of the worst foods to eat," Business Insider reported.

Since said "poison" is more than 80 percent saturated fat, the AHA warned it could increase bad cholesterol or LDL and cause heart disease (something that may also be linked to not eating breakfast, but I digress). To put this in perspective, USA Today points out that butter is only 63 percent saturated fat, while beef fat is 50 percent and pork lard is 39 percent. In other words, consuming coconut oil is said to be worse than eating pork lard...Let that sink in for a second.

While this isn't necessarily new news, it is an ongoing, very heated debate amongst dietitians and the health community, making it an extremely interesting topic. While some recommend avoiding it all together, others say a little (AKA less than one tablespoon per day) won't hurt. The rest? Well, they cook with it or even add it to their smoothies.

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