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I've been looking into COCONUT OIL and have found very conflicting information.
Dr. Weil at his web site pans it. Quote- Sources of "bad fats" include animal fat and processed vegetable oils...avoid coconut oil.
At Dr. Mercola's site www.mercola.com he sings it's praises as "the smartest oil you can cook with".
What to believe, who knows. My gut feeling (no pun intended) no one knows for sure what are the facts are. The science of nutrition still has a long way to go.
 

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It contains saturated fats which freak a lot of people out. The problem with that thought is that it just doesn't fly all that well when you really test it. Just look at the whole Atkins thing, time and time again they test it and find that not only will you lose more weight but it doesn't hurt your BP, cholesterol, etc.

Anyway, my opinion,take it for what its worth, is that it is a great form of oil with many healthy benefits.
 

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Seems the two all are in agreement on as to what you shouldn't eat is sugar and hydrogenated oils. And our grocery shelves are filled with both.
 

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BenQuick said:
Seems the two all are in agreement on as to what you shouldn't eat is sugar and hydrogenated oils. And our grocery shelves are filled with both.
Which is one huge reason why Americans are fighting a losing battle with obesity and the resulting health problems. Convenience is killing us.
 

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I sent this thread to my wife who uses this (big health nut)! hehe. This is an e-mail she sent me.

The stuff I got from Stacy is cold processed that is always better. If it
Is heated you kill the nutrients. When it is heated it tastes different and
It smells different and you loose some of the properties. It is better to
Get any food as close to it's natural state as possible.

My wife is the perfect example of fitness and health. She uses me as a good example of a bad example of fitness and health!!
 

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achiro said:
It contains saturated fats which freak a lot of people out. The problem with that thought is that it just doesn't fly all that well when you really test it. Just look at the whole Atkins thing, time and time again they test it and find that not only will you lose more weight but it doesn't hurt your BP, cholesterol, etc.

Anyway, my opinion,take it for what its worth, is that it is a great form of oil with many healthy benefits.
The whole secret to the Atkins diet is that you are eating only 1200 calories per day during the first several periods of the diet.

The bowflex plan has you eating 1200-1400 calories per day with lots of ice water and strength training during the 6 week period.

The Amish plan has you eating lots of bacon, fried chicken, fried eggs, gravy, ect... while burning it all off while doing manual labor on the farm.

Its all good in moderation with a heavy dose of physical labor and some aerobic exercise.
 

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Ben, I try to keep up with this stuff. :lol:

The latest seems to be that if you wanna cook, use coconut oil or peanut oil. Olive oil for salads/over pasta, but not for cooking, as flavor is destroyed by cooking. Canola oil is good, so is grapeseed. Its when they *hydrogenate* the coconut oil (or any oil) that makes it bad...coconut oil in raw form is good for you.

I have grave concerns about Mercola...he's "alarmist" and some of his stuff strikes me as junk science. He appears to have an agenda.

Dr. Andrew Weil, OTOH, is a Harvard MD who crossed over a bit into complimentary medicine...he's very *reasonable*. Eight Weeks to Optimum Health is one of the best books I've ever read on diet and lifestyle. The program is easy to do, using slow behavioral changes, etc. In 8 weeks, you really will be healthier. :wink:

Obesity: the latest smoking gun appears to be high fructose corn syrup...it's in everything ...

Soy, which you didn't ask about, but which many people wonder about:
Soy is o.k.. Tofu is good. *Soy Isolate* is bad stuff. Lots of Soy based cheese and 'meats' use Soy Isolate.
 

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Thanks Laura, especially for the info on soy isolate, I did not know that. Sometimes I drink those protein drinks from the refrigerated cases at the supermarket. I'll check the label next time.
 
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