Prominent Saint Lucian farmer, Cuthbert Phillips, has responded to the assertion by a Harvard University Professor that coconut oil is “poison”.
Phillips told St Lucia Times that the “powers that be” are seeking to destroy coconut oil.
In a speech at the prestigious American university, Harvard Professor Dr Karin Michels warned against consuming the product.
Coconut oil is “one of the worst foods you can eat” and is “pure poison”, the Professor declared.
But Cuthbert Phillips has said that Michels should support the assertion with appropriate documentation based on thorough research.
“We have gone through this thing before,” Phillips told St Lucia Times.
“A lot of these things are coming out to destroy some of these Islands as far as their produce is concerned,” Phillips, who is a coconut grower stated.
He said that as far as he knows, coconut oil is used internationally and the price is escalating almost on a daily basis.
“This is a vegetable type product and everybody is using it in soaps, creams – coconut oil is almost like gold.”
“If it is poison, come out with the facts,” Phillips declared.
A video of Professor Michels’ speech blasting coconut oil was posted in July and has more than 900,000 views on YouTube, it has been reported.
“I can only warn you urgently about coconut oil,” Michels has been quoted as saying. “This is one of the worst foods you can eat.”
According to a Sky News report, coconut oil has had its profile boosted in recent years by health food advocates who claim it is healthier than other forms of fat.
Some people even have a spoonful of it in their coffee or their smoothie because of the alleged health benefits, the news organisation said, adding that coconut oil has also replaced many oils used in cooking.
It quoted the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as saying that there is not enough good-quality research to provide a definitive answer as to whether coconut oil is better for you than other saturated fats.