It's “one of the worst foods you can eat" according to Harvard's Karin Michels.

By Mike Pomranz
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If you want to poison someone a hurry, arsenic is a good option. But for those with a little more time on their hands, Harvard professor Karin Michels has another suggestion: coconut oil.

Michels is the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg, as well as a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. And she's done something you don’t see very often: She made a 50-minute, German-language medical talk to go viral. The video has surged toward 1 million views thanks to Michels’ aggressive rebuke of coconut oil. She calls it “poison” on multiple occasions, including the more emphatic “pure poison,” and even refers it as “one of the worst foods you can eat.”

If you want to poison someone a hurry, arsenic is a good option. But for those with a little more time on their hands, Harvard professor Karin Michels has another suggestion: coconut oil.

Michels is the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg, as well as a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. And she's done something you don’t see very often: She made a 50-minute, German-language medical talk to go viral. The video has surged toward 1 million views thanks to Michels’ aggressive rebuke of coconut oil. She calls it “poison” on multiple occasions, including the more emphatic “pure poison,” and even refers it as “one of the worst foods you can eat.”

That’s precisely Michels’ criticism. Though not a “will-kill-you-in-an-instant” poison, she points out that coconut oil consists almost exclusively of saturated fatty acids—making up 82 percent of its total fat according to American Heart Association data—which is significantly more than butter and even lard. As a result, Michels suggests that coconut oil makes for a better artery clogger than panacea.

Meanwhile, Michels also targets other hip food trends. According to Business Insider, when it comes to a few superfoods, she went more for a jab than a knockout punch. Specifically, she said that though things like acai, chia seeds, and matcha aren’t harmful, she believes they’re ineffective because the nutrients they provide are already available in other, more readily available foods.

This article originally appeared on Extra Crispy.

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