Is Coconut Oil Good for You?

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    Dec 25, 2015 6:00 AM GMT
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    NYT: Why is coconut oil suddenly seen as healthy after being deemed unhealthy for three decades?

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/ask-well-is-coconut-oil-a-healthy-fat/?ref=health
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    Dec 25, 2015 12:23 PM GMT

    I would not eat coconut oil or cook with it myself.

    I've read that it is good for hair and skin when applied externally.

    Jay Wiseman's classic guide "SM 101" advocates use of coconut oil as a lubricant. It can be semisolid at room temperature and liquifies on contact with the warmth of human skin. The downside is that it is not safe on latex.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 25, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    I think the biggest myth is that foods are 'good' or 'bad' for you. I try on base my diet on:

    1) how many calories I should eat in a day / week.
    2) getting the proper balance of protein to fat to carbs.
    3) knowing what kinds of fats I'm eating and shying away from animal fats.
    4) eating to keep low levels of sodium, and higher levels of electrolytes.
    5) opting for complex carbs - like squashes, sweet potatoes, over wheat flour based carbs.

    But all things, even butter can have a place in your diet. I just know if I have butter on my toast (a proper serving not a paper thin shaving) I've had all the fat I should have in a day.

    So, the upshot of all this is: read the label, and if coconut oil is low in saturated fats, it's OK. I find it often helpful to compare it to an alternative or two; like compare it to safflower oil (one of my favorites, it's great for high-heat cooking and it's from a seed, so you don't have to worry about clogging your arteries).

    And I'm one hundred percent sure, even without looking, that coconut oil is not as "bad" for you as butter. I'm guessing you could eat twice the volume for the same number of calories, and still not clog your arteries. - but like I said I didn't check the numbers.
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    Dec 25, 2015 8:07 PM GMT
    used it for the chocolate ice cream coating; (its a solid at slightly below room temperature)
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  • bro4bro

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    Dec 25, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    Here's a rule of thumb:

    Anything people have been eating for thousands of years is probably good for you.

    Anything people started eating less than 100 years ago is probably bad for you.

    But you still have to match your calorie intake to your level of physical activity - or no matter what you eat, they'll be painting "Goodyear" on your side.
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    Dec 26, 2015 2:10 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidBut you still have to match your calorie intake to your level of physical activity - or no matter what you eat, they'll be painting "Goodyear" on your side.


    Eventually doctors will have the balls to say that being sedentary is a disease. Providing healthy food recommendations for sedentary people is like giving clean syringes to heroin addicts: it's just harm reduction.
  • Purrimalion

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    Dec 26, 2015 5:00 PM GMT
    I used it as body moisturizer.
    All around moisturizer actually, it kept my lips, nails, skin and hair healthy all year long.

    It helps reducing cellulites and it makes a good overnight muscle reliever balm.

    Not a big fan of eating them.
    The taste is just nasty icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 26, 2015 6:38 PM GMT
    Read Dr. Cordain's "Paleo diet for athletes". He "discovered" Paleo diet studying the dietary fat in primitive societies. Bottom line our bodies are designed to burn cholestrol but modern people feed it sugar.
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    Dec 26, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    Purrimalion saidThe taste is just nasty icon_razz.gif


    Don't use rancid coconut oil next time
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 28, 2015 2:53 AM GMT
    Coconut oil is a lot healthier and safer to cook with than that toxic Crisco vegetable shortening or the nasty corn oil.
  • jperfit

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    Dec 28, 2015 7:49 AM GMT
    You guys really need to do your homework; extra virgin coconut oil has something called monolauren; when extracted it can actually attack anything viral or bacterial within the body, it will kill off the viral before it has a chance to metastasis, I take it in capsule form during flu season and I never get the flu, I work in clinical research so ther are many studies online that you can look at, also coconut oil is good as a teeth whitener.
  • jperfit

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    Dec 28, 2015 7:51 AM GMT
    You guys really need to do your homework; extra virgin coconut oil has something called monolauren; when extracted it can actually attack anything viral or bacterial within the body, it will kill off the viral before it has a chance to metastasis, I take it in capsule form during flu season and I never get the flu, I work in clinical research so ther are many studies online that you can look at, also coconut oil is good as a teeth whitener.