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NANCYPAT1
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6/6/13 10:13 A

Interesting.



GDBEAR65
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6/4/13 2:06 P

Lauric acid is also an MCT, so saying that coconut oil contains only 10 - 15% MCTs is misleading. If you're saying the studies only looked at caprylic and capric acids, that means those studies are incomplete. It also means there is no real basis for your article as by your admission coconut oil is 45 - 50% lauric acid, which means coconut oil is 55 - 65% MCTs. Furthermore there is no correlation between cholesterol levels and CHD, nor are HDL and LDL forms of cholesterol, there is only 1 type of cholesterol molecule.

Lauric Acid - www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredi
entmono-1138-LAURIC%20ACID.aspx?active
IngredientId=1138&activeIngredientName
=LAURIC%20ACID




Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 6/4/2013 (15:31)


SIMARIA1
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6/4/13 12:34 P

Thank you Becky...The article was clear. Thank you for the enlightenment.



CBR0422UNCW
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6/4/13 11:59 A

I put a spoonful of organic coconut oil in my coffee at work to help with digestion issues and for this purpose it does help- I was out on leave for a week and didn't have my coconut oil-coffee concoction and ended up HORRIBLY constipated (sorry if that's TMI). My skin problems (eczema, light acne, dry skin) also lessened when I began using it and I find I have more energy now than with coffee alone. I also do some cooking with it, but usually finish with some butter or olive oil. The coconut oil I buy really has no noticeable flavor/odor, as I'm not a huge fan of the taste of coconut.



NANCYPAT1
Posts: 44,124
6/3/13 7:49 P

I use the coconut oil also and love its flavor, but I have no illusions about it being a miracle cure for all my ailments.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,386
6/3/13 5:25 P

Coconut oil does have a very distinct flavor and the saturated fat brings about beautiful browning---I love it for my waffles (taste and texture). But it should not be used as your daily go to fat---think of it more as a condiment to add flavor and texture to those specialty foods when needed.
You can easily track the fat and check your SP reports to make sure your saturated fat amount stays below 10% of calories---as is the recommendation.

Becky



SARAHEGILROY
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6/3/13 3:42 P

Regardless of whether there is research or not, I love cooking with coconut oil. I use it about 30% of the time I cook. The only other oil I use is olive oil. Personally, I find that food cooked in Coconut oil doesn't feel or taste as greasy as a lot of other oils. Also, it seems to last a lot longer.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,386
6/3/13 3:36 P

Here is the link to the SP article:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1799


MCT oil that is used in research studies is made in a laboratory (not found naturally). It is about 99.9% medium chain triglycerides (MCT). While coconut oil is only about 10-15% MCT. So no, you really can't assume that the same properties (or even some of the properties) of 99.9% MCT oil is what is found in coconut oil.

Becky



GDBEAR65
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6/3/13 1:14 P

Considering coconut oil has a high percentage of MCTs, I think it's safe to say that it will provide some of the same benefits as pure MCTs. We use it only for cooking.



NAYPOOIE
Posts: 5,850
6/3/13 1:00 P

Don't use coconut oil myself, but a lot of people who do find it good. The absence of research means it hasn't been proven, not that it does or does not work. It might be the best stuff out there. Or not. Nobody knows.

That being said, at least the people who've used it have an informed opinion on what it does (if anything) for them. Look at enough of them and you can decide for yourself if it sounds like something you want to try.



CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
6/3/13 12:05 P

Thanks for the information, Becky.

I'm sure there's place for nearly every oil in a healthy menu, you just have to balance it.
Of course, I'm sure I could be wrong.



NANCYPAT1
Posts: 44,124
6/2/13 8:19 P

Thanks for the quick response and the helpful information.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,386
6/2/13 7:34 P

I am Dietitian Becky with Sparkpeople, the person who wrote the SP article on coconut oil. Can you share what you want more specifics on??? Were you confused about something in the article?

As stated in the article, there is a boat-load of health claims being made about coconut oil---but no research to support those claims. That's right, there is no evidence. The research that has been done is on medium chain fats (MCT oil). This type of fat does make up some of the chemcial composition of coconut oil---but to say that MCT oil and coconut oil have the same health properties is false and misleading.

How can I help.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



SKINMINA
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6/2/13 7:24 P

I only use it on my skin.... never cooked with it



SIMARIA1
Posts: 348
6/2/13 7:17 P

I've read about the health benefits of coconut oil. But I recently read an article from Spark that did not sing it's praises. Can someone enlighten me some? Thanks!!



 
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