A professor said coconut oil is “pure poison” and because she is affiliated to Harvard University everyone is running around like chickens without heads. Well, my response is this: why have a billion Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans who use coconut oil daily for cooking not been poisoned?? In those countries they also apply coconut on their hair as routine and regular treatment.
For about 200 years Seychellois used coconut oil for cooking and we are still around, albeit more obese and probably sicker but not because of coconut oil.
My family’s company Jivan Jetha & Co, produced refined cooking oil from coconuts, famously known as “Jivans Cocoil”. This factory closed down when cheap palm oil from the Far East flooded the market. That was probably the early beginnings of obesity and related health problems, now hugely exacerbated by junk food and a sedentary life style.
Melissa Majumdar, a spokesperson for the U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has said coconut oil is fine in moderation. “My message is that we can eat coconut oil,” Majumdar said, “but to be mindful of how it fits into our daily life.”