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Your favorite oil/fats to recommend to a coconut oil, dairy and ghee intolerant person?

Answered on December 24, 2013
Created December 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

What oil or fats would you recommend for dressings, mashed potatoes, and sauces to someone who cannot have coconut oil or any dairy (including ghee)? Avocado oil? Inexpensive (or about the same price as coconut oil or ghee) is a big plus.

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I don't know about that. I mean, palm KERNEL oil is too similar in principle to vegetable SEED oils, and we know how dangerous seed oils are. So sure, it could be good, but I'd personally avoid it until I know more. In my opinion, there's not enough research about it (not as much as for coconut oil, that is). The various recommendations by Paleo gurus for palm oil consist out of personal opinions about the amount/type of fats in palm oil, but not out of research papers. So basically, when they suggest palm oil, they suggest their unproven opinions based on cursory examination.

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I haven't heard the news on palm oil. But maybe palm kernel oil, the saturated stuff, is still ok.

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Olive oil for everything. It's good for cooking, don't believe those who say otherwise. Of course, you have to like the flavor of it, which may be a challenge.

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on December 24, 2013
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Why can't they have ghee? There is no lactose in ghee???

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on December 24, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Bacon lard and grass fed beef tallow..

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on December 24, 2013
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i use bacon fat for everything. i don't even need to buy oil anymore due to my bacon consumption.

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In this case, use extra virgin olive oil for salads (preferably from California, since these are usually unaltered compared to Italian ones), and avocado oil for cooking (can resist high temperatures). Also: lard, tallow, duck fat, bacon fat, and of course, suet (sheep fat). These are your best options, considering your situation.

Some suggest macadamia oil too, but it's more expensive than avocado oil (I found "cheap" avocado oil at Costco). Another popular option on Paleo is palm oil, however, a recent research paper condemned it as unhealthy. I personally don't believe that palm oil is as proven for good health effects as coconut oil: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22094473/

If avocado oil is too expensive, I personally also cook with more yellow, non-extra-virgin olive oil from Costco some times. We can't be sure that these cheaper, higher-resistant in temperature olive oils are real olive oils though. But hey, if you can't afford avocado oil, it might be a good middle solution.

BTW, are you sure you're intolerant to the whole coconut tree? For example, I can consume coconut oil without a problem, but I can't consume anything that comes from the white part of the nut itself (e.g. milk, butter, cream, flour -- it bloats my stomach). So are you sure that you get sick with coconut oil?

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on December 24, 2013
at 12:35 AM

I haven't heard the news on palm oil. But maybe palm kernel oil, the saturated stuff, is still ok.

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