Well, I basically discovered Santa Claus didn’t exist today. Except Santa is coconut oil and it’s apparently terrible for you?! The super-ointment I’ve been using for as long as I can remember on my hair, skin, food (because it has such an awesomely high frying temperature and makes for the perfectly crunchy fried rice) has been deemed “pure poison” by a new Harvard study.

Other than for cooking, the oil is used for neonatal massages, oil-pulling, eczema and dandruff, among countless other conditions I can’t even pretend to know about. But according to Karin Michels, professor of the department of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, coconut oil’s dangers outweigh its benefits, and it can ultimately do more harm to you than good. 

A recent Newsweek article reported that consuming coconut oil carries innumerable health risks. According to the Harvard professor who delivered the groundbreaking lecture on our favorite fat, coconut oil is terrible for your heart because it’s made up entirely of fatty acids, which are responsible for blocking arteries.


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