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What is the big deal about coconut oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2012 at 9:16 PM

What is the big deal with coconut oil? Is it high in Omega 3 or something?.. Also what is good about the MCT's?

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on July 07, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Coconut oil has been extracted and used by Pacific Islanders for thousands of generations without modern machinery so I'm not seeing a problem here. The Paleo wunderkind, the Kitavans, have thrived on those all natural absolutely wonderful "hideous-sounding synthetic enzymes" ...

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on July 07, 2012
at 05:10 PM

On top of that, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal. Not only is it good saturated fat, the MCTs means it's the right kind of saturated fat for your nervous system - MCT oil is used in ketogenic diets for epileptics, and one repost of an article on here showed coconut oil being used to control and retard the progress of senile dementia. Add in that it's great for your hair, wonderful for your skin, and tastes great, what's not to love about it?

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on July 07, 2012
at 08:49 AM

Great site to learn about VCO :) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Health-by-Coconut/118415791512376

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

It's actually pretty easy to make coconut oil the traditional way, although a bit laborious. The old way requires the use of the flesh from a dried coconut, ground and ground until it oozes oil, and then filtered. My mother used to do this when she first moved to the US from India, when coconut oil at the Indian Grocery was relatively expensive. Modern methods use faster industrialized processes that may damage properties in the oil. But the good stuff that most people care about is still present. Saturated fat content, stability, anti-inflammatory lauric acid, and taste too!

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Hideous sounding synthetic enzymes? What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?

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on July 07, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Look at the videos of "extra virgin" coconut oil production (for example from Tropical Traditions) which involves manual labor and hand tools, and it is very easy to imagine small tribes producing it. If you ate coconuts every day for 100 generations you would figure out other ways to prepare them.

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:55 AM

It does taste good, but I'm really sensitive or allergic to it, so I just use a little butter instead :(

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:50 AM

"In the form it is supplied today" is a flawed argument. You can argue that almost every aspect of life today was not possible in those days. That doesn't mean they don't fit the concept and offer health benefits. Believe it or not, there are things that are very beneficial to humans that were not available in the past. The whole idea is to take those things and include them, while subtracting many other things. If someone chooses to not consume Coconut Oil for this reason, they are missing out. The health benefits on the stuff have been proven over and over.

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:24 AM

This is true. It's a very affordable way to take bad quality meat, get the leanest cuts and cook them with Coconut Oil. You can get a whole jar of quality CO for under 8 bucks and buy bulk lean meat. There's no excuse for not getting your fat!

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on July 06, 2012
at 10:26 PM

It is nice to step back once in a while and rethink things so I like your question. Indeed it strikes me as odd the fascination with all the disparate parts of the coconut here: coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut water - all processed pieces of the whole coconut! At the same time everyone goes on about eating whole foods primarily. Just kind of an odd disparity, yknow? Coconut oil is damn tasty, though!

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on July 07, 2012
at 02:52 AM

The oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, has a high smoke point, is stable at room temp, and the good stuff has a mild, neutral flavor, so from a practical and health standpoint it is a great cooking fat.

It is full of Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which I find easy to digest and which suppresses my appetite (in a good way) and gives me energy for hours. I would not eat a stick of butter, but would have a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, i mix it with hot water, turmeric and cinnamon for a dessert.

Coconut oul gets a really bad rap from "big agra" companies and their lobbyists who seem to think it is a cheaper, healthier, more versatile threat to their business (i agree on all counts). This leads to other groups like WAPF giving it glowing reviews which i find a little overstated but interesting.

If you have ever had "extra virgin" oil from a place like Tropical Traditions, it is so much better than some of the chemical-produced stuff that you'll have a whole new perspective on it (I did).

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on July 06, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I has virtually no omega 3. It's almost 100% pure saturated. My bottle says a serving is 14g and of that 13g is saturated and <0.5 is polyunsaturated.

The two big thing about coconut oil that I like:

1 - It's saturated, that means it's super temperature stable, you can use it in just about all cooking without worrying about oxidation.

2 - the fact that it's primarily a MCT means that it bypasses most of the lipid digestion that happens in your body and goes directly to your mitochondria for fuel. It's a great source of energy.

There are lots of other good things, but those are my two favorites.

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on July 07, 2012
at 05:10 PM

On top of that, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal. Not only is it good saturated fat, the MCTs means it's the right kind of saturated fat for your nervous system - MCT oil is used in ketogenic diets for epileptics, and one repost of an article on here showed coconut oil being used to control and retard the progress of senile dementia. Add in that it's great for your hair, wonderful for your skin, and tastes great, what's not to love about it?

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on July 06, 2012
at 09:56 PM

The best answer is...what's bad about it?

Almost everything else in the Paleo/Primal world, someone has complaints about. Outside of someone being allergic to coconut (this can apply to anything) or it making someone constantly have to go #2 (this is likely due to a bad digestive system as most who complain of this are just starting CO), I haven't seen any other complaints.

The benefits and stories from what CO has done for people are endless...

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on July 07, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Lauric acid is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. MCTs are easier to digest fats, they dont require bile. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, so doesnt oxidise.

Coconut flour however is mostly fibre and it does a number on my digestion, I avoid that.

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Can someone please explain how Coconut Oil, especially in the form it is supplied in today, could have been consumed by our pre-agricultural ancestors? Aside from being a plant oil (with all the secondary metabolites & toxins that plants produce) it is full of hideous-sounding synthetic enzymes and other crap.

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Hideous sounding synthetic enzymes? What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?

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on July 07, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Look at the videos of "extra virgin" coconut oil production (for example from Tropical Traditions) which involves manual labor and hand tools, and it is very easy to imagine small tribes producing it. If you ate coconuts every day for 100 generations you would figure out other ways to prepare them.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on July 07, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Coconut oil has been extracted and used by Pacific Islanders for thousands of generations without modern machinery so I'm not seeing a problem here. The Paleo wunderkind, the Kitavans, have thrived on those all natural absolutely wonderful "hideous-sounding synthetic enzymes" ...

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on July 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

It's actually pretty easy to make coconut oil the traditional way, although a bit laborious. The old way requires the use of the flesh from a dried coconut, ground and ground until it oozes oil, and then filtered. My mother used to do this when she first moved to the US from India, when coconut oil at the Indian Grocery was relatively expensive. Modern methods use faster industrialized processes that may damage properties in the oil. But the good stuff that most people care about is still present. Saturated fat content, stability, anti-inflammatory lauric acid, and taste too!

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on July 07, 2012
at 12:50 AM

"In the form it is supplied today" is a flawed argument. You can argue that almost every aspect of life today was not possible in those days. That doesn't mean they don't fit the concept and offer health benefits. Believe it or not, there are things that are very beneficial to humans that were not available in the past. The whole idea is to take those things and include them, while subtracting many other things. If someone chooses to not consume Coconut Oil for this reason, they are missing out. The health benefits on the stuff have been proven over and over.

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on July 06, 2012
at 11:25 PM

It makes me FULL!

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on July 06, 2012
at 09:52 PM

The big deal about coconut oil is partly due to its versatility in my opinion.

You can cook with it, eat it by the spoonful, use it to moisturize your skin, sooth an upset tummy, and it tastes great.

Sure, there's lots of technical data, but that is not my expertise. I just love the stuff and love knowing it's not likely to do me harm.

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on July 06, 2012
at 09:40 PM

I don't know, but I can think of one good thing about it: a lot of people can't afford meat from good, healthy sources. Since toxins accumulate in fat, some people choose to eat lean meats (to avoid those toxins), while getting their saturated fat from coconut oil instead.

Also I think many Paleo people still have it in their mind that fats from vegetable sources are better for you than animal fat. Not true...

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:24 AM

This is true. It's a very affordable way to take bad quality meat, get the leanest cuts and cook them with Coconut Oil. You can get a whole jar of quality CO for under 8 bucks and buy bulk lean meat. There's no excuse for not getting your fat!

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:30 AM

It also boost your cell metabolism at mitochondria level and improve the consume of CO2!

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:45 PM

burns belly fat tastes great protects from the sun? makes my hair awesome.

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on July 07, 2012
at 02:07 AM

It has the ability to suppress appetite. Some of the members here claim that 1 tbsp in their coffee blunts their hunger throughout the day. Plus it has a slight sweet taste. That's why all the VLC & ZC worship it. Then there are the people that over due things in the name of health ex. Bacon wrapped coconut flour crusted lamb fried in coconut oil.:

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