Many here say its better to eat whole unprocessed foods.
Many here like coconut oil.
Many like coconut flour, coconut water.
How about coconut butter? Even coconut sugar.
These items seem to fly in the face of a lifestyle that holds whole, unprocessed foods dearly.
I don't really know how to reconcile this. I eat coconut oil and water. I don't call myself paleo. I know these are just terms but I thought the idea might bring up some good conversation.
What do you think about this apparent dichotomy?
PS:Many here don't eat sugar. Why not? I have added sugar to my diet. Thinking critically it seems a very good fuel. Straight carbohydrate hit, no fiber or fat to get in the way of speedy digestion. Very efficient, cheap recovery aid for athletic endeavor it seems. It's certainly no less processed than those coconut products it seems.
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on July 20, 2012
at 12:27 AM
I like butter better. Seperate cream...churn it. The end.
But lets compare:
Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, the coconut meat is quick dried, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means. This is the most common type of "Virgin" or "Extra Virgin" (see below) coconut oil sold in the market today that you will find in stores. It is mass-produced.
Sugar cane is harvested mechanically or by hand, chopped into lengths and conveyed rapidly to the processing plant. Here it is either milled and the juice extracted with water or the sugar is extracted by diffusion. The juice is then clarified with lime and heated to kill enzymes. The resulting thin syrup is then concentrated in a series of evaporators and then further water is removed by evaporation in vacuum containers. The resulting supersaturated solution is seeded with sugar crystals and the sugar crystallizes out and is separated from the fluid and dried. Molasses is a by-product of the process and the fibre from the stems, known as bagasse, is burned to provide energy for the boiling of the syrup. The crystals of raw sugar have a sticky brown coating and can either be used as they are or can be bleached by sulphur dioxide or treated in a carbonation process to produce a whiter product
Cane sugar requires further processing to provide the free-flowing white table sugar required by the consumer. The sugar may be transported in bulk to the country where it will be used and the refining process often takes place there. The first stage is known as affination and involves immersing the sugar crystals in a concentrated syrup which softens and removes the sticky brown coating without dissolving them. The crystals are then separated from the liquor and dissolved in water. The resulting syrup is either treated by a carbonation or a phosphatation process. Both involve the precipitation of a fine solid in the syrup and when this is filtered out, a lot of the impurities are removed at the same time. Removal of colour is achieved by either using a granular activated carbon or an ion-exchange resin. The sugar syrup is concentrated by boiling and then cooled and seeded with sugar crystals causing the sugar to crystallize out. The liquor is spun in a centrifuge and the white crystals are dried in hot air, ready to be packaged or used. The surplus liquor is made into refiners' molasses
Thinking critically there are a whole lot of reasons not to eat sugar IMO....and seems to take a few extra steps to get to our tables in its normal white form. Basically I can see putting together some primitive tools and making some coconut oil.....Don't think that could be said for sugar in any reasonable manner so there really is little question as to which is more "whole" or less refined.
The above is from wikipedia for sugar and tropical traditions for coconut oil.
on July 20, 2012
at 12:55 AM
I have ceased using any type of refined oil lately except tallow occasionally. I still get quite a bit of fat in my diet but mostly from whole foods such as egg yolks and macadamias. I can't seem to digest straight up oils that good. I do believe refined food have use in someones diet, especially if trying to get a monster amount of calories without all the fiber, otherwise I think it's best to avoid them.