Is coconut oil necessary?

Answered on November 10, 2013
Created November 07, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Cook everything in it, put it in my coffee, blend in my protein shakes, etc...Was just curious if its a necessary component to health or can fat from animal/plant sources be good enough? Im not aware of any other mct source that coconut oil. thanks

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on November 10, 2013
at 12:45 AM

i rarely eat coconut oil anymore and stick to using bacon fat for cooking and evoo for finishing. the jar i have is all for my homemade lotion.


on November 09, 2013
at 08:51 PM

Coconut oil is only used a lot in the paleo community because it's hard to find with all sorts of processed chemicals and it's relatively cheap - online in bulk can be something like $3 per pound, and Trader Joe's has a pound for something like $5-6. It also has a higher smoke point than most liquid oils, and if you breach the smoke point on liquid oils, it takes on cancer giving properties. I actually don't like coconut oil and it's sitting in my pantry, half-used. I really only use it when I want to crisp something in the oven and don't want to waste olive oil on it.



on November 08, 2013
at 10:43 PM

It's not necessary, in my opinion. For some reason, I am intolerant to it and get nauseous when I eat it. A lot of people have the same problem.

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on November 08, 2013
at 09:29 PM

I get MCT oil from here: http://www.upgradedself.com/products/bulletproof-upgraded-MCT-oil-32-Fl-Oz

I have bought the NOW brand MCT oil, but it gave me cramps and diarrhea. I have had no problem with the Upgradedself MCT oil. I use the MCT oil and unsalted grass-fed butter in coffee. FTW!

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on November 08, 2013
at 08:25 AM

I choose coconut oil only when i can,t get high quality butter.



on November 07, 2013
at 09:19 PM

It was only recently in human history that global marketplaces permitted coconut oil to be imported from the tropics to other places in the world. Much of the human race managed to survive without coconut oil for millennia. Likewise chocolate, but I'm awfully glad we live NOW where we can easily get both coconut oil and chocolate ;o)


on November 07, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Not absolutely necessary.

Other sources of MCT include raw milk, grass fed butter, palm kernel oil, and even olive oil, macadamias, oolichan grease etc. Every culture had access to MCTs one way or the other. I come from a tropical place, where every home has half-a-dozen coconut trees and coconut was part of everyday food.

In this day and age, it is still best to stick to locally sourced food and only occasionally use other non-local food. People in colder regions can thrive without coconut oil and just sticking to raw dairy and grass fed butter and meat for their fat intake.

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