What is pure edible coconut oil
Coconut Oil: Is It Really Toxic To Us?
For several years coconut oil has been traded as the miracle cure among oils. The oil promises supple hair, healthy skin and should even make you slim when used in the kitchen. The surprise was all the greater when a Freiburg professor recently described the celebrated superfood as “pure poison”.
In a 50-minute lecture, Karin Michels, who is also a Harvard professor at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, informed her audience about the harmful effects of coconut oil and other nutritional errors. In a YouTube video she explains: "Coconut oil is worse than lard!" But what makes coconut oil so dangerous?
Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat
High-fat foods have had a bad reputation for years. Time and again it is assumed that saturated fatty acids increase the cholesterol level and thus block the heart vessels. The ecotrophologist Dr. Heike Niemeier replies: "It has not yet been proven that there is a danger from saturated fatty acids." It is unclear to what extent the consumption of saturated fats is associated with heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular diseases.
Saturated fatty acids occur increasingly in animal products, such as butter, cream or milk, but vegetable coconut oil is also rich in saturated fats. This can be seen, for example, in its butter-like consistency. Compared to lard, the saturated fat content of coconut oil is higher, but that does not necessarily make the vegetable oil harmful to health. "Coconut oil is of course not toxic. The oil is part of a balanced diet," says Niemeier.
An unbalanced diet makes you sick - not coconut oil!
As is so often the case, the key to success lies in balance. A balanced diet includes a large number of different fats and should be adapted to the eating habits. Coconut oil also has some special features that can help people on a restricted diet.
The decisive factor is that contained in coconut oil Lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid with a medium chain length (medium chain triglycerides - MCT for short). In contrast to conventional fatty acids, the lauric acid is absorbed by the body without much energy expenditure and is broken down by the liver much faster.
"This is particularly good for people who no longer have a gallbladder or who follow a ketogenic diet, i.e. follow a strict low-carb diet," explains Heike Niemeier. Coconut oil can even cause short-term weight loss, but does not serve as a long-term slimming agent.
Virgin coconut oil instead of conventional coconut fat
Consumers can also pay attention to certain quality criteria when buying fats. "Virgin coconut oil, which has only been processed a little and still tastes like coconut, has special accompanying substances that are good for the body," says the nutrition expert. In the supermarket you should therefore not reach for a highly heated industrial product, but invest in a cold-pressed and natural coconut oil when buying.
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