Dr. Kari Michels is a professor for the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Little did she know that with one “seemingly harmless” lecture, she’d gain so much attention on the web - and not in a good way.
In a routine lecture titled “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors,” Michels made part of her focus of discussion around coconut oil. It is definitely a food item that has become wildly popular in the health community in the recent years, but Michels has apparently had enough of it.
Obviously, it’s no teacher nor professor’s job to try and lecture about things that are crowd-pleasing, but she likely had not anticipated the amount of hate she’d gain because of it. It’s now been viewed over 900,000 in the month and a half it’s been online, and the discussions are hotter than ever.
While many believe that this all-natural oil comes with a plethora of health benefits, her claim is that the coconut oil is more unhealthy for you than lard because of its saturated fatty acids.
“Coconut oil contains no fiber, no cholesterol and only traces of vitamins, minerals, and plant substances - too low to have a positive effect on health,” she stated.
According to Michels, coconut oil is ‘one of the worst foods you can eat.’ This statement, alone, caused an uproar on social media. Droves of people took to Twitter to right her wrongs, so to speak.
One user wrote: “All of India, every Pacific Islander & much of the world: Put down your coconut oil! Your multigenerational uses of this oil is going to kill you. I know a lot of your ancestors have lived long lives but a Harvard professor has the opinion that it’s ‘poison’ so, stop.”
Another wrote: “Fake news on coconut oil...LOL. I would like to know what is the amount they pay ‘the Harvard prof’ to go and try to badmouth such a pure nut!!! Coconut is giving the pharmaceutical world trouble because it’s good for too many things.”
While yet another stated: “This is precisely the kind of myopic studies that we should avoid. @businessinsider take note. Coconut oil may not be superfood but it’s an essential part of daily diet of millions of people in southern India. To call it pure poison is ignorant.”
What do you think about this? Do you agree with her statement?