How crucial is coconut oil to paleo and weight loss?

Answered on January 07, 2014
Created January 04, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Also, will it make all my food taste like cocounut? Is olive oil an adequate substition?

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on January 07, 2014
at 10:05 AM

You can get taste neutral coconut oil. I get mine at Whole Foods. I have the regular stuff, too but sometimes I just don't want my scrambled eggs to be "tropical".


on January 06, 2014
at 03:07 AM

Oh wow so necessary. Adding calories from a completely non-nutrative, non-satiety producing food is just what everyone needs to lose weight. You're getting fatter by not eating this stuffBut when you do go out and buy it, make sure you only buy our raw, organic, virgin oil cause all other brands are inferior. We even put a shiny golden sticker that costs 0.001 cents to produce to let you know this .


on January 05, 2014
at 09:48 PM

Keep in mind excessive added fat could stall weight loss and coconut oil is also known to dramatically raise LDL


on January 05, 2014
at 03:38 PM

I agree that you can be totally paleo without it. I am obsessed with it though and will continue using it no matter what. Weightloss is just the tip of the ice berg as far as health benefits go.



on January 05, 2014
at 02:37 PM

It's not crucial at all, but it is a good fat to cook in. Save the olive oil for salads or as toppings - do not cook with it. Avoid the "lite" olive oil, which could work as something to cook with, but is far from ideal (there's a lot of fraud in that business where oil is cut with canola or other crap).

You could also cook with ghee, lard, bacon drippings, tallow, palm oil. Red Palm oil has a very strong flavor, but it works very nicely for chilli's and curries, there are processed palm shortenings and palm oil that has the carotenoids removed, it's not bad for cooking, but not as healthy as the red stuff.

I've recently switched to using avocado oil for cooking and it works very nicely if you don't want to change the flavor of what you're cooking.



on January 05, 2014
at 03:40 AM

coconut is the best vegetable oil. But the most nutritious fats are all animal fats.



on January 04, 2014
at 11:53 PM

It's not crucial at all.


on January 04, 2014
at 08:53 PM

Coconut oil is not in any way essential. You can get plenty of fat from meat, plus fatty fish, olive oil, avocados, and dairy (if dairy works for you). Coconut oil is popular because the medium-chain triglycerides are thought to help with ketosis and energy generation in general... and possibly also just due to contrarianism (it was one of the "evil" fats most targeted during the early saturated fat panic in the 1980s). If you want a less strongly-flavored oil to cook with, you can try butter, lard, refined olive oil, or high-oleic safflower or sunflower oil (but only the high-oleic kind!).

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on January 04, 2014
at 08:10 PM

You can do without it.

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