There’s a story that’s been widely picked up by media all over the world. The Harvard Professor who says that coconut oil is “poison”.
This is nothing but sensationalizing of a prevalent medical dogma by focusing on a statement by a (mainstream) medical professional.
Why only this Harvard epidemiologist? 90 percent of medical professionals worldwide say the same thing and have been doing it for the last 50 years.
This is similar to the idiocy from a lot of medical professionals saying that calorific excess is the culprit for obesity and not excessive sugar and simple carbohydrates. Let them explain studies like this which show that upto 60 percent of all calories from coconut fat does NOT lead to high rates of heart disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7270479
There are many more studies like this and, as will be clear from coastal Kerala where the cooking medium has been coconut oil for millennia, high rates of heart disease are a recent phenomenon. The last 60 odd years have seen a great change in dietary habits, pesticide use, additives in food and cosmetics and much more. And with this we have increased rates of heart disease and cancer and other lifestyle diseases.
The AHA (American Heart Association) has a sorry and very bad track record when it comes to recommendations of industrial replacements for traditional foods. It has also failed to restrict consumption of traditionally sparingly consumed foods. The results have been disastrous and this is especially true for fats, sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Here is a good summary of the AHA’s track record with artificial fats and fats in general: https://medium.com/@drjasonfung/the-shocking-origin-of-vegetable-oil-garbage-1c2ce14ae513
Ghee and coconut oil have been consumed for millennia and are recognised as health foods in traditional systems of medicine which have observed the effect of these foods over hundreds of generations.
The entire food and agri industry, as well as the medical and academic fraternity, can no longer build a future based on faulty studies. The last sixty years of reliance on those studies is creating a global lifestyle disease epidemic.
We need to move on.
Here Is A Link To The Article That Inspired This Post: