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Old 09-27-2007, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default Talk to me about coconut oil

I'm tryingt o get it through my thick head that I SHOULD add this to my smoothies.

All my years of low-fat dieting are screaming "NONONONO!"

Does ti really make a difference? I remember trying ita few years ago and my eggs tasted like coconut :/ And I love coconut! But not in eggs.

I don't remember WHY I tried it and now my sister's telling me how great she feels and such.

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Old 10-10-2007, 08:55 PM   #2
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I've started using it any time I would use olive oil. Like when I cook chicken breast for meals. I'm not totally convinced either but I've slowly started adding it to our diets.
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I don't use it, but I'm increasingly curious about it thanks to Dr. Mercola's rave reviews. http://www.mercola.com/forms/coconut_oil.htm
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:20 AM   #4
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I use it as a substitute for butter (dairy-free diet here).
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:32 AM   #5
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Default Re: Talk to me about coconut oil

I use it in all my baking instead of butter (dairy free here too).

I use it many times I would use olive oil.

BUt for oiling pans and other things I'd use shortening for I used organic pressed palm oil

There is so much good about coconut oil but I don't have time. gotta get offline Hopefully LIsaM will post she is very informative about coconut oil

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Default Re: Talk to me about coconut oil

I just started using it. I read over on MDC about folks just eating a bit right off the spoon and I tried it and it was like a jolt of caffeine for me! But better! I felt really energized and I find that it really helps me feel fuller so I don't end up eating as much. Good stuff!

I have the Nutiva brand, btw. It is very "coconutty" and it is not hard to eat off the spoon at all. (the texture is a bit strange, though)
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Default Re: Talk to me about coconut oil

Oh my goodness, get some coconut oil.

Simon just woke up, so I only have a minute. I probably won't get to it until next week because we'll be gone this weekend and tonight I have to pack, but in my book The Healing Power of Food there are PAGES of benefits to CO. It is even being investigated for an anti-HIV medication because it's antiviral properties are so good.

I had a cold sore starting and I put some CO on and it was gone in two days.

It really helps w/ weight loss.

ALL the studes that were done decades ago that showed heart disease from coconut oil were done using 100% hydrogentated coconut oil, which is chemcally altered coconut oil, not natural coconut oil.

Natural, God-made saturated fat is not bad for you but is very, very necessary for your health. Anti-cancer, anti-depression, on and on.

You want virgin coconut oil, preferably organic. It is cheaper online than in the stores, but stores often have good sales. I don't buy refined coconut oil. I haven't done enough reading on it.

We do use it for our eggs. I had to get used to it, yes. Some brands have more coconut flavor than others. I know really like my eggs cooked in CO. Whenever I saute anything, I put a little CO and a little butter or olive oil in the pan.

There are books on coconut cookery that document the research on this. I used to be a low-fat fanatic, too. Looking back, I was in rotten health (not acute infections or anything, just not eating the way God created food and having all kinds of cravings) One of the mainy reasons I know that this is how God wants me to eat is that I am eating whole, natural foods, closer to the way people at hundreds and thousands of years ago, I'm eating as much as I want and not feeling deprived, and I've lost over 20 pounds doing it.

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Okay, I'm paraphrasing from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, ND as fast as I can. May have to stop at any moment, but I'll pick it up again next week.

1. Approx. 50% of the fatty acides in coconut is in the form of lauric acid, a health-promoting fat whols only other abundant source in nature is human milk. In the body, lauric acid is changed into monolaurin--an antiviral, antibacterial, andn antiprotozoal fat that destroys a wide variety of harmful organisism. Studies have demonstrated that monolaurin destroys fat-coated viruses including cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes simples 1, HIV, influenzae, measles, and others (that I don't recognize ). Pathogenic bacteria killed by it include Listeria, staph, several strains of strep, and Heliocobacter pylori. It also kills or inactivates a number of fungi, yeast, and protozoa, including several types of ringworm, Candida albicans, and Giardia lamblia (which is a parasite easily caught in European tap water). Lauric acid has also been shown to interfere with virus assembly and maturation (meaning they can't muliply in your body) I'm too rushed to go back and italicize all the Latin. Sorry.

2. 6-7& of the fat in coconut is capric acid. The body converts this to monocaprin, which has antiviral efffects against STDS inclduing chlamydia, herpes simples 1 and 2, Neisseria gonorhoeae, and HIV.

3.Coconut oil protects against heart disease and promotes healthy weight. A study which used coconut oil as part of a high-fat diet demonstrated that CO did not increase body fat but actually decreased the white-fat stores.

There's more, believe it or not, but my DH has to get on the computer. In this whole book, coconut oil has the MOST amazing benefits, more than any other food.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE coconut oil, and I do like my eggs cooked in very coconutty coconut oil

I add it to smoothies, hot coco, use it as the cooking medium in about half my cooking, the other half I use EVOO. I DO feel better since I started using it, and my skin is much less dry.

Go for it! Saturated fat is GOOD for you, hydrogonated fats are bad
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I bought some recently, but I haven't used it yet.
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oh sara, you MUST get you some raw virgin coconut oil!!!! i read SO MUCH on it when i started having yeast issues, lisa's posts are excellent. i can't wait to be using it PP, because i really believe it will help with weightloss - 1st, because the good fat helps keep you satisfied so you are less likely to reach for refined carbs etc, and 2nd, because it can really affect your mood and energy (which of course is a huge componant of weight loss/healthy eating).

i personally don't care for it in smoothies - IMO it makes them chunky. i honestly don't mind it right off the spoon, i take it the same way i take my CLO. i have yet to use in in baking (because i haven't benn doing any baking, lol) but i'm sure it would be good. the info i read said you can eat up to 3 T. of the stuff per day, but be sure to increase gradually.

another good way to eat it is the "candy" i posted on crystals thread.

because of this yeast issue i have, i've been having to cut out refined sugars and refined carbs - and i've been eating TONS of good fats - coconut oil, CLO, salmon, butter, full fat yogurt, etc - and my weight has actually been holding steady, even as my baby grows bigger. i'm convinced that it's because of the good fats/eliminating junk. i am taking in more calories but i think the "bad fat" on my body is starting to go away. and oh! the way it makes your skin feel!!!!


try it again for awhile.
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We buy our unrefined, extra virgin, organic coconut oil from UNFI but I just discovered you can get 7# for $24.50 from Country Life Natural Foods. www.clnf.org FOr reference 8# is a gallon

I am in a buying club so I don't know how it would be to just orde this - I don't pay shipping.
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My mom swears by it! She takes a tablespoon a day (right off the spoon) and feels so much better... She has lost weight too, and says it has helped with her diabetes and blood pressure... I admit, I'm skeptical too, but seriously thinking of trying it.
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Another really good place to buy it is trpical traditions.com.They also have a buying club and they have many other coconut products.I love their oil and coconut cream
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here's some links i dug up:
http://www.regaininghealthnaturally....onut_Oil.shtml

http://www.transformyourhealth.com/g...conutoilnb.htm

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i bought the tropical traditions oil, and i have to say, i wasn't too impressed... it was a good price, but not smooth like the nutiva.
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