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    Coconut Oil

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    Dib's
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:29 am
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    Why Coconut Oil? If you asked Dr. Oz, he would tell you...

    "Conventional thought used to consider fats like coconut oil to be unhealthy and contribute to heart disease. We now know that this isn’t true. In fact, coconut oil is actually a heart healthy food that can keep your body running smoother in a few different ways.

    Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.

    Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

    Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, a type of MCT. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need. Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function. When the thyroid does not function optimally, it can contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol.

    Coconut fats have special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It has been shown that breaking down these types of healthy fats in the liver leads to efficient burning of energy. One 2009 study found that women who consumed 30 milliliters (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is difficult to lose, and contributes to more heart problems."

    Coconut Oil is wonderful for your hair and skin, and if you are having a bout with heart burn eat a teaspoon of coconut oil. Heart burn be gone!

    Because coconut oil tolerates high temperatures, it's a great substitute for shortening, butter, margarine, or vegetable oil.

    Unrefined (or virgin) is the most beneficial grade of coconut oil. It is minimally processed using very little heat and has a mild coconut scent and flavor (which I rarely taste in baked goods).

    The next best is expeller-pressed, which has its scent and flavor removed through a gentle deodorizing process.

    The least beneficial type of coconut oil is industrial/commercial grade. This type of oil has been refined, bleached, and deodorized. It has no scent or flavor and is lacking in the vital nutrients present in virgin or expeller-pressed versions.

    Care to check it out?

    Coconut Oil on Toast
    Sauteed Shrimp With Coconut Oil, Ginger and Coriander
    Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    Granola With Honey and Coconut Oil
    Moist Banana Bread With Coconut Oil from Chez Us
    Coconut Oil Pound Cake With Almonds and Lime Zest
    Coconut Oil Hand Cream

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    If your a fan of Coconut Oil, share your experience!
    racrgal
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:45 am
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    Posting so I will receive notifications.

    I put coconut oil on my grocery list because I am looking for some natural help with some health issues. My latest blood test showed high cholesterol and I can't take the meds. I don't have a thyroid so my metabolism is off. As a result, I am "fluffy". . icon_lol.gif Because of being overweight, I have non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Normal treatment for any one of those conditions aggravates at least one of the other conditions.

    I want to know what real people's experience is with coconut oil. I'll be watching and asking questions. icon_smile.gif
    Dib's
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:08 am
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    racrgal wrote:
    Posting so I will receive notifications.

    I put coconut oil on my grocery list because I am looking for some natural help with some health issues. My latest blood test showed high cholesterol and I can't take the meds. I don't have a thyroid so my metabolism is off. As a result, I am "fluffy". . icon_lol.gif Because of being overweight, I have non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Normal treatment for any one of those conditions aggravates at least one of the other conditions.

    I want to know what real people's experience is with coconut oil. I'll be watching and asking questions. icon_smile.gif


    I hope this thread helps!
    Stella Mae
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:48 am
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    What is the daily recommended amount of the virgin coconut oil for maximum health. May I take, say, a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning as a sort of food supplement?
    Dib's
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:07 pm
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    Stella Mae wrote:
    What is the daily recommended amount of the virgin coconut oil for maximum health. May I take, say, a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning as a sort of food supplement?


    From what I have read, 1-2 teaspoons a day, up to 3 tablespoons.

    This is a pretty good page to check out.
    http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm#1

    Yes, they sell CO however their FAQ page pretty much jives with everything else I've read. I've been doing the 1-2 t's a day for about a month now. I'm noticing a postive change in my skin. As for my general health, I've also been "treadmilling" in the mornings-I started both at the same time. This is week 4 and my bear fat (winter weight) seems to be melting faster than last year. As well, I've been melting a dab-maybe 1/4 teaspoon-inbetween my hands after I wash my hair-it's now super shiny.
    Connie Lea
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:24 pm
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    I don't know much about coconut oil, but isn't that always the case - something that was once bad for you is now good. Does coconut oil get rancid very fast like olive oil?
    Lightly Toasted
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:42 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    I don't know much about coconut oil, but isn't that always the case - something that was once bad for you is now good.


    No kidding....its only been recently that I have started hearing positive things about it.
    MaMere
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:51 pm
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    I take Coconut Oil when I remember icon_redface.gif
    Nutiva, extra virgin, organic. I've used it in hair treatments too, works nicely.
    racrgal
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:44 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    I don't know much about coconut oil, but isn't that always the case - something that was once bad for you is now good. Does coconut oil get rancid very fast like olive oil?


    It is the hydrogenation process that makes coconut, soybean or any other oils "bad". As a whole virgin oils are much better for us than anything hydrogenated. I don't know about the self life for virgin coconut oil.
    Dib's
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:00 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    I don't know much about coconut oil, but isn't that always the case - something that was once bad for you is now good. Does coconut oil get rancid very fast like olive oil?


    No. Because it's a solid (think lard like) it would take about 2 years.
    K9 Owned
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:30 pm
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    I have been using coconut oil for about 3 years now. I even put a tsp in each dogs bowl twice a day. THEY have amazing coats! icon_lol.gif

    I use the neutral tasting one in place of all cooking oils (I still use olive oil as well as butter) and the Virgin scented one for baked goods and Asian dishes. I know you can add it to smoothies but I haven't done that as yet.

    Got cracked heels? This works
    Got dry, frizzy hair - works beautifully as a conditioner. I leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it of with hot water. Great for rough knees and elbows too.

    It has a long shelf life. I keep it in the cupboard and I have never had it go rancid.
    sandrasothere
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:46 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    I don't know much about coconut oil, but isn't that always the case - something that was once bad for you is now good. Does coconut oil get rancid very fast like olive oil?


    I've been using coconut oil for months, and I'm glad Dr. Oz endorsed it only because now I can get a big jug at Costco for less money. icon_biggrin.gif

    I eat a ketogenic diet, which is high in saturated fat (I know, don't lecture, I know what I'm doing and it's the only way I've been able to take off the menopause pounds). Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but all of a sudden good for you! Glory be! icon_wink.gif

    I use it for pan frying, oven frying, lip balm, and say what you will, but a Tbsp. in a cup of coffee in the morning is delicious (if you can get over the greasy lips thing). If I get some on my hands, I just rub it in.

    Some people I know do a "swishing thing," where you take a Tbsp. or so in your mouth, swish it back and forth over your teeth for several minutes, and spit it out. It's supposed to be very cleansing, and I'll get around to trying it one of these days.

    Don't be surprised that coconut oil comes solidified, like shortening. It becomes liquid at about 75 degrees, if I remember correctly.

    Embrace the coconut oil! icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:55 am
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    We love it and use it often. The husband uses coconut oil exclusively when popping popcorn. It's wonderful for pie crust for example. I've incorporated coconut oil more and more in recipes, ex:

    Belizean Beans-Basic (Vegan)



    I also use it cosmetically for skin and hair, ex:

    Coconut Oil Hand Cream
    racrgal
    Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:43 pm
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    I purchased a jar of coconut oil at Costco today and I flat out LOVE the stuff. I think it smells more like coconut than it tastes like coconut, if that makes a bit of sense. Not knowing what to expect I just had to taste the stuff. OOOOOOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYYYYY! To me it seems lighter and more "moist" than butter. It also does not seem to leave a greasy film or taste in my mouth. (Darn this stuff is hard to describe.) Spreads nicely at room temp.

    I am anxious to try cooking with it. Currently there is a loaf of wheat bread in the bread machine that I used coconut oil instead of butter. It took mere seconds to melt for the bread.

    If I get even 1/3 of the claimed health benefits, I will be one happy camper! icon_cool.gif
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:16 pm
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    It is a great sub anywhere you would use butter or vegetable oil.
    I have 'buttered' with it and had ir with honey or jam. Wear it, eat it - it's all good!
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