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Nov 3, 2012 02:41 AM

Coconut oil

I am hearing that coconut oil is much superior health wise to olive oil and butter. Any opinions?

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  1. There are lots of threads here about this with of course a full range of opinions.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      Thanks for that information mm how do I go about finding it.

      1. re: magiesmom

        Sorry for not doing due diligence before asking you to. It's just that this board has had so many changes and I couldn't seem to find a place to search. But I did, and now need to wade through umpteen opinions , whilst waiting for my body to inform me whether it prefers coconut oil to the others.
        Again, thanks.

      2. That's on account of the medium chain triglycerides - they're shorter chain fatty acids that are more likely to used as fuel rather than stored. There are a number of reported benefits to them, and though the significance in formal research outcomes are mixed, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there - including my own. I like it.

        1. It's good for you. Coconut oil has a bad rap because it is high in saturated fat. But, Aa Rodzilla said, it's high in MCTs. MCTs are metabolized differently than other fats and they boost metabolism. Studies show that people living in places with a high consumtion of coconut oil like the south pacific are very fit healthy. When they move away and change their diet and substitute other fats they become sick. And a study in Japan showed that consumption of 1 tablespoon of MCT oil a day led to weight loss.

          1. a warning to the OP, if you want to begin supplementing with Coconut oil, start slow. As it's metabolized it can have almost a laxative effect until you become accustomed.

            1. I'm not sure exactly how it compares in terms of health, but it is certainly digested differently. I've long had trouble digesting large amounts of fats (I was that one kid who couldn't eat pizza...) but coconut oil doesn't trigger this trouble (I may have eaten much more coconut milk ice cream than is at all reasonable...), so I can attest to the body handling it differently. Oh, and it makes truly divine popcorn.

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              1. re: celesul

                Amen to the popcorn! Heavenly. So far so good, have traded it for butter for frying morning eggs and on toast. Pretty much everything. Almost five days and no bowel probs and the best thing, no taste problems!
                Thanks for your input.

                  1. re: celesul

                    My two year old has to have popcorn daily lately. I don't feel too bad since it is a whole grain cooked in just a little coconut oil with a pinch of salt.

                    1. re: celesul

                      I can't eat it any other way than with virgin coconut oil.