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A Little About Coconut Oil

While I feel that coconut water may be nature's sports drink, I have always been a bit wary of the claims people make about coconut oil. I was happy to read a nutritional explanation of the oil from a source I can trust – Lance's Armstrong's trainer Chris Carmichael. Well, not his trainer exactly, but a nutritionist on Carmichael's team.

The article has lots of great information on coconut oil and here are highlights:

  • Coconut oil has relatively high smoke point of 400°F, this makes it stable and ideal for many commercial kitchens and bakeries.
  • It has a long shelf life, which is why many food manufacturers are switching to coconut oil to avoid using hydrogenated oils – aka trans fats.
  • It is 90 percent saturated fat, and in case you forgot, that is the "bad" fat. But 60 percent of those fats are a form of lauric acid, which is more effectively metabolized than other kinds of fats. This translates into less stored fat. Read this article for a more scientific explanation of this aspect of coconut oil.
  • Fats, no matter the type, are not metabolized before carbs, and this oil should not be considered a good fuel for exercise. Unless you are training for super-distance events like ultra marathons (or training sessions over 5 hours).
  • The high percentage of artery-clogging saturated fats in coconut oil should not be taken lightly. For comparison, olive oil contain 13 percent saturated fats and canola oil only 7 percent.

All in all, coconut oil doesn't really make the grade. Stick with oils like olive, canola, and grape seed, while the lauric acid content is not as high, they are nutritionally sound. Good to know!

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BalooB BalooB 8 years
I've never used coconut oil for food but for skin and hair it is great. I've been using coconut oil in my hair since I was little and it is pretty strong. It's also really good for skin in the summer.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awesome!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awesome!
THEQueen THEQueen 8 years
I've bought Coconut Oil a couple times, but thought it was a bit too pricy. I use BUTTER...which also has the Lauric Acid in it. For cooking I pretty much stick with Olive Oil, or add Butter for flavor.But I use Butter mixed with HONEY on my skin and hair.
THEQueen THEQueen 8 years
I've bought Coconut Oil a couple times, but thought it was a bit too pricy. I use BUTTER...which also has the Lauric Acid in it. For cooking I pretty much stick with Olive Oil, or add Butter for flavor. But I use Butter mixed with HONEY on my skin and hair.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I use unrefined organic coconut oil on my skin and hair nearly every day. It's amazing and smells great, too.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I've heard lots of good stuff about it for skin and hair. Now I'll have to try it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've always been a little leery of the whole "coconut oil is the best" claim because of it's high saturated fat content. I think it's kind of a copout for food companies to use it in their formulations instead of trans fat because it's solid at room temperature. I'd rather get my fat from olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish.
Peoples-Chemist Peoples-Chemist 8 years
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently showed that eating twice as much fat led to greater weight loss. Researchers compared two eating plans that were similar in caloric intake but vastly different in fat consumption. Obese individuals who consumed 61% fat energy for eight weeks lost 18 pounds; those consuming a mere 30% fat lost 14 pounds (they replaced the fat intake with 46% carbs). (1) Far more staggering than the differences in weight loss are the differences in biochemistry among the two groups. Low fat, high carbohydrate eaters have the perfect biological environment for obesity and type II diabetes. Their blood levels of glucose, insulin and triglycerides skyrocket.(2) The Nurses' Study by Harvard found that women who adhere to the Big Fat Scam and eat mostly carbohydrates increase their risk of diabetes 2.5 times! Men are not immune to the deadly carbohydrate effect. Diabetics usually die early from heart disease, twice as often as those without diabetes. It is so damaging that it can erase 11-20 years from a persons lifespan. Currently, an estimated one in four American’s suffer from it. One in three born in the year 2000 will succumb to the Big Fat Scam and therefore suffer from diabetes according to The Journal of the American Medical Association. (3) References at www.thepeopleschemist.com
FreyaduNord FreyaduNord 8 years
I am staying so for away from anything coconutty in my diet. Ever since I saw a documentary about the morbid obesity among Malays...almost everyone on that island was overweight and all because they used coconut in their food. Granted, they ate a lot of meat too, but they fried it in coconut oil.
emalove emalove 8 years
Coconut oil is awesome for your skin and hair.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I would be more likely to use it for my hair.
sunnylagirl sunnylagirl 8 years
coconut oil may not be good to eat but it's EXCELLENT as a treatment for your hair. If you heat a tbsp once a month and cover your dirty hair in it, leave it on for an hour, then wash normally, you can make your hair shinier as well as cut down on split ends. I've been using it for years and I can add an extra two weeks between haircuts over the normal 4-6 weeks.
sunnylagirl sunnylagirl 8 years
coconut oil may not be good to eat but it's EXCELLENT as a treatment for your hair. If you heat a tbsp once a month and cover your dirty hair in it, leave it on for an hour, then wash normally, you can make your hair shiniery as well as cut down on split ends. I've been using it for years and I can add an extra two weeks between haircuts over the normal 4-6 weeks.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Great info Fit! i had always heard different opinions on coconut oil but no one really ever explained why.
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