The Indian Medical Association has warned against the use of coconut oil, commonly used in cosmetics, because it can cause cancer.
A report issued by the association’s Joint Committee on Medical Research (JCMR) says coconut oil has been implicated in the development of breast, ovarian and lung cancers.
“Coconuts are among the most common fats in the world, and are often used in cosmetic products, including lipstick, nail polish and lotions.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that coconut oil can cause a number of diseases,” it said in the report, released on Tuesday.
The association has said that the use, manufacture and use of cosmetic products containing coconut oil are highly unethical.
“There is no conclusive evidence to support the claims of coconut-oil-associated cancer,” the report said.
“As a result, it is imperative that consumers be aware of the risks associated with using coconut oil products.
There should be a complete ban on the use and use by individuals.”
The JCMR has called for stricter restrictions on the sale and manufacture of cosmetics containing coconut-sourced ingredients, including in India, where the country has the world’s largest coconut industry.