Say what? Coconut Oil is poison? What have you been smoking?

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.”

http://www.livescience.com/63405-coconut-oil-poison-or-not.html

Author: Dr. Nirmal Shah

Nirmal is a well-known and a passionate personality in the Seychelles environmental and sustainability scene having an encyclopedic knowledge of Seychelles biodiversity as well as a wealth of experience in environment management. He has worked in senior positions in the parastatal, government, private and NGO sectors and consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, IUCN, UNEP, Sida and UNESCO. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Radio France, PBS, NBC, ABC, SABC and others

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