Doctors Slam Miranda Kerr’s Coconut Oil Habit

We hope it goes without saying, but just to be sure: Taking health advice from celebrities is never a sure bet. They’re a) not experts, b) often telling you partial truths about their habits for the sake of good PR and c) frequently misquoted. As is the case with Miranda Kerr‘s latest coconut oil controversy: The new mom and supermodel was recently quoted by Australian Cosmopolitan as touting the benefits of coconut oil, saying that her daily diet includes four tablespoons of the stuff—an amount that many doctors say is risky for cholesterol levels. But Kerr says the magazine never interviewed her at all, and while she is a coconut oil devotee, she doesn’t consume nearly so much. Either way, we don’t think you should start dumping coconut oil in your cooking just yet.

Cosmo described Kerr’s gorgeous skin, hair, nails and figure to her coconut oil habit, quoting her as saying:

I’ve been drinking it since I was 14 and it’s the one thing I can’t live without. I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.

But ABC News questioned whether her habit was good for the rest of us. Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, told them that regular coconut oil consumption isn’t advisable—not only will it fail to get you looking like a supermodel; it could get you one step closer to high cholesterol and heart disease, thanks to the oil’s high saturated fat content:

I can’t say I’d want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly. You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet. I don’t know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat. She’s getting two and a half times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day

But Kerr says the quote that started this whole debate was bunk to begin with. After medical attacks on her health habits, she told the Herald Sun:

I never did an interview with Australian Cosmopolitan magazine and unfortunately they have misquoted and misrepresented comments posted on my blog. When it comes to coconut oil, I personally find it beneficial and use approximately four teaspoons of coconut oil a day (in my salads and meals), not tablespoons. Everyone is different, but that is what works for me and I prefer it as a substitute to other oils more readily used in day-to-day food preparation and cooking. I suggest people consult with their health practitioner for what is right for them.

Which brings us back to our first point: Don’t take all your health advice from celebrities, okay?

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    • go

      I heard everyone in Hollywood over the age of 25 slathers themselves in pure, organic, Moroccan Argan Oil, like Essence Of Argan ( ) for glowing, wrinkle, mark-free skin and amazing hair…. much better than coconut oil.

    • Grace Gregory

      Unlike other saturated fats, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil speed up the body’s metabolism and are used by the body to produce energy rather than being stored as fat.

      I’m a true coconut oil fan.

    • Sonia

      Coconut oil is awesome! I’ve lost over 70 lbs in the last year – all while eating and cooking with Virgin Coconut Oil (Organic). Here are 4 ways it can help anyone with weight issues.

      #1 Get a Metabolism Boost
      Coconut oil is one of the most abundant sources of medium-chain fatty acids, and these nifty little triglycerides can work wonders for a sluggish metabolism.

      #2 Balance Your Blood Sugar
      The profound effect coconut oil seems to have on the metabolism extends to insulin function as well. This may be because coconut oil can supply the body with energy similar to blood glucose,

      #3 Cure Candida and Yeast Overgrowth
      The beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil do more than speed up a lagging metabolism. Lauric acid and caprylic acid in coconut oil also protect against one of the hidden causes behind weight gain: candida and yeast.

      And I’d add a 4th – It supports thyroid function

    • Stan Mrak

      This article couldn’t be more misguided. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on earth. And any doctor that still believes in the saturated-fat theory of heart disease is woefully out of touch.

    • Sahara

      Many doctors only know what drug reps tell them or what they are taught in med schools that are heavily funded by the drug companies, especially those who push statin drugs. If coconut oil was so unhealthy, all the people around the Pacific, who have used it for hundreds of thousands of years, would have become extinct long, longh ago. Many years ago, cattle farmers tried to fatten their cows by feeding them coconuts, but much to their dismay, the cows only became slimmer. I use it every day for nourishment, hair and skin and I wouldn’t be without it. I would never touch those bottles of hexane- tainted, processed oils found on supermarket shelves. Organic coconut oil, real butter and olive oil are the only ones I would ever have in my house.

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    • lorelie

      This is a load of crap. Coconut oil is extremely good for you, and likely the healthiest oil of them all. Too bad she was misquoted.