I just used coconut oil for the first time, using it to saut?? my vegetables. According to cronometer, it has literally 0 vitamins and minerals. What it does have is saturated fat and a tiny bit of omega-6. I find it odd that people go so nuts over this stuff if the only benefit is healthy fat. But I suppose this is preferable to an oil which may be high in vitamins but also contain silly amounts of 0-6. Anyway, is the cronometer profile wrong? Or does the oil have benefits which can't be understood in terms of nutrient/vitamin/mineral numbers.
asked byPecan (1237)
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on December 24, 2012
at 04:25 PM
There are other nutrients besides Vitamins and Minerals.
Taurine, for example, is necessary for properly functioning bile acids and fructose metabolism. But taurine is certainly not a vitamin or mineral.
Coconut is a high source of Iodine, which holds true for most food that grows by the sea or in the sea. By extension, coconuts are good for a well functioning thyroid. If you've spent 2 minutes on Paleohacks, you'll see that thyroid issues are a common issue.
Coconut contains a special type of fat (fatty acid really - lauric acid) that you can't get anywhere else except breast milk and chances are if you're old enough to be on Paleohacks, you're not consuming breast milk. This fat is anti-inflammatory and has some other interesting properties.
Coconuts also have capric and caprylic acids, which have their own beneficial properties.
Coconut is one of the few natural anti-VIRALS (not anti-bacterial. there are hundreds of natural antibacterials, but almost no antivirals.)
Coconut is antifungal. Candida issues are common in 1st world countries.
Coconut is the MOST SATURATED fat on planet earth. Even animal fat is not more saturated than coconut.
Coconuts are ketogenic and help normalize brain function and improve weight loss.
Coconuts taste good. I used to hate coconut, but once I implemented it into my diet I found that I actually really like natural coconut, but I still dislike the fake synthetic coconut-like taste or smell of certain foods/beauty products.
Coconuts are all purpose. You can use it to wash your hair, as moisturizer for your face and body. Or you can use it to cook with, since it is an extremely heat-stable oil.
on December 24, 2012
at 04:09 PM
Here is "my understanding" and why we use coconut oil at our house:
Coconut oil is one of the few oils that does not change into trans fats when heated at high temps. I believe that olive oil changes this way at lower temps.
Coconut oil has lots of lauric acid, which is the main fat in human milk. Lauric acid has anti-[name-you-germ] type properties, useful inside and outside your body.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
Excellent answer. Will just add that I credit coconut oil (and butter) with raising my HDL to optimal levels.
on December 29, 2012
at 05:41 PM
Thank you both for the excellent answers. I think those benefits more than compensate for having none of the listed vitamins and minerals, but it still seems odd that it would have literally zero. So I still have to ask, is cronometer wrong on this? Here is the profile for 2 tbsp of coconut oil:
It also has none of the listed proteins.