What's the deal with Coconut oil?

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  1. Woodsman

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    How is it beneficial?

    I am not fully paleo or low carb, but I try to avoid carbs from grains, limiting to only a few times a week. Should I be using the stuff?
     

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    yes
     

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    Its an expensive hoax but makes fantastic popcorn.
     
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    Not expensive if you buy from the Indian Supermarket. You might have to look in the hair care aisle though :)
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    This is likely my first post. Been a lurker for awhile to the sight. I guess many take coconut oil for the easy to generate ketones, along with other reasons. I just mention as I saw on another sight a .99 cent promotion for health books on the ketone diet. The promotion lasts for the day. I've read one of the books and recall it had some information on coconut oil in it.

    The promotion can be seen at:

    "Get Keto Clarity & More Low-Carb Kindle E-Books For 99 Cents On March 3, 2015"


    http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/
     
  6. Tristan

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    Lots of good info out there https://www.google.com/#q=benefits+of+coconut+oil
    For runners, Phill Maffetone's The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing (or something close to that) has excellent information both for running and a large section on nutrition in which coconut oil is mentioned. As I recall most vegetable based oils have high contents of the inflammatory omega-6's. Coconut oil was unique in that it is mostly saturated fat with one of the lowest omega-6 contents of all veggie based oils. Saturated fat has had a black eye for a while but now is coming around dispelling most of the myths and lots of benefits. The saturated fat in coconut is of the medium-chain-triglyceride type, unlike their long-chain counterparts found in animal fat. Coconut has been called a 'superfood' from my recent readings on it and I've included it in smoothies and used the oil for occasional cooking (I use only olive and coconut oil anymore). Coconut oil is also solid at room temperature, so its a great substitute for recipes that call for crisco. I also use it to grease all my baking pans as you can dab a paper towel in it and smear it around just like crisco. Apparently it used to be much more common until the ag industry pushed corn and soybean oils over the last few decades :yuck: .
     
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    It's also great for your skin, with anti bacterial properties. When i cook with it i always rub a little into my hands and face :)
     
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    ... and in your hair to get a nice shine Skedaddle? :)
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    FYI - Jimmy Moore is an obese huckster with total cholesterol of 570 who tells people how to eat like him ... you might want to read this first ... http://www.thepaleomom.com/2015/05/adverse-reactions-to-ketogenic-diets-caution-advised.html Lots more about Jimmy by someone he really pissed off at ... http://carbsanity.blogspot.com/ She's kind of made it her mission in life to counter the LCHF bullcrap when she's not making fun of Jimmy.
     
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    Since this resurfaced I wanted to add something myself. My first first jar of coconut oil was nearing its end finally after a couple years so I started looking for some again at the grocery store. The first time around I thought I'd have trouble finding this rare thing, but it was right there with the rest of the oils, though only 1 brand. But it said all natural, pure, etc so I got it. This time around the same store has really expanded their healthy lifestyle section with all sorts of organic, non gmo, etc etc. They had a few types of coconut oil that were now labeled as organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined, etc. I'm like sweet, I'll get the least refined one. It was triple the cost of what I spent a couple years ago on the "All Natural LouAna Pure Coconut Oil". But wow what a difference! There is coconut aroma. LouAna smelled like nothing. Wow I can actually taste coconut in it too! LouAna just tasted like flavorless grease. I'm guessing LouAna was refined, though the jar said nothing of it. And while they both said the same temperature above which it turns liquid the LouAna definitely took a bit more heat to make liquid. I suppose the refined stuff is better for higher temperatures, I'll save the rest of it for greasing baking pans. but for drizzling on popcorn or most things I'll take the high quality organic & unrefined stuff!

    BTW I made a batch of no-bake cookies recently, substituting coconut oil for the butter, organic oats, organic vanilla extract, organic cacao powder, fresh ground almond butter for the PB, local raw honey for the white processed sugar, and they were fantastic! A bit sticky and sweet with the honey, next time I'll try a bit less actually. Definitely more expensive but oh so good!
     
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    I buy what is labeled as '100% Pure Coconut Oil. Premium Quality.' It actually says 'flavourless' on the back and that it 'contains no hydrogenated fat.' I usually find it in the haircare aisle in the Indian supermarket for around £2.50 for 500ml. I have seen coconut oil in health shops for up to £12.50. I always assumed it was the same stuff hyper-inflated.

    I put a teaspoon in my 'Bulletproof' coffee every morning. I think I'll stick with 'flavourless' :)
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  12. Gordon

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    Yeah, the EV stuff is really good. Costco is even selling it, cheap, with a house label. Probably relabeled Nutiva, that's what they were carrying before. Good stuff. We use it all the time for cooking. No odor/flavor = refined. LouAna is definitely the low end ...

    Coconut oil is highly saturated, but it's medium-chained, so it gets broken down quickly in your liver, kind of an odd man out fat.
     
  13. Sid

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    Are you sure that you should be drinking hair care products? :eek:
    How do you know that it was processed under sanitary conditions appropriate for food?

    http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/is...liquid-in-your-refrigerator-real-coconut-oil/
     
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    Thanks for the warning Sid, but yes, the stuff I buy still has its requisite ingredients :)
     
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    McDonald's serves 100% pure beef.
     
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