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1/21/13 11:03 A

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Lately I've been buying mine at Trader Joe's--good price and seems like quality stuff. I've also ordered the refined off Swanson vitamins and use it for sauteing and baking. Love your "cosmetic" ideas, Betty!

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1/21/13 8:24 A

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Thankyou all emoticon for all the information and the links.

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1/21/13 8:13 A

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I also use Nutivia. I order the 54 ounce 2 pack from Amazon. When I compared pricing a while back it was the cheapest, good quality coconut oil. It is auto-delivered (brought down cost a bit) and it is a free ship item! :-)

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1/21/13 1:35 A

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I usually use Nutivia Extra Virgin coconut oil, it definitely has a coconut aroma, although I don't notice much taste. It does have little flecks of coconut meat in it however. When I make up my face creams,hair, body lotions. etc. - I use a smooth coconut oil. It's LouAnn brand, a lot cheaper, says it's pure coconut and that's the only ingredient listed, but apparently it's been strained. If I use it in my coffee or tea, I do use the Nutivia as I like the coconut aroma.

Since my house is usually under 70 degrees, during winter anyhow - I sometimes will whisk a little liquid Vitamin E oil and a fragrance oil in it (right now, I'm using a lavender vanilla fragrance) It just keeps it a little softer. Makes for a wonderful face and body cream - also sometimes I rub some on my hair in the evenings especially now, it's been so cold - a lot of static electricity these past few days.



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1/20/13 10:01 P

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There are good-quality refined coconut oils that might be preferable for frying, etc., when you don't want the coconut taste.

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1/20/13 7:22 P

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It also depends on the quality of the oil you have. If it is good quality, then it taste much better, and it smells and taste just like real coconut. But even then, there are some things that coconut may not go so well with. I do like to use it in place of butter when I have a muffin and I don't mind a little when I fry an egg, but the first time I used it, I put way too much in the pan and the eggs tasted awful.

I still cannot stand to eat it by the tablespoon though.....

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1/20/13 7:02 P

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I'm the same way about some things. I try to learn to like them but then I never do.

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1/20/13 6:22 P

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I've tried coconut oil for cooking but haven't gotten used to the taste - I haven't given up on it yet but there's something odd about it that I just can't quite identify.

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1/18/13 8:09 P

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Here is another information article and interview, if you are interested.

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I apply coconut oil to my face, just like you would any moisturizer. I also use it on my hands and feet. Heels get rough, especially in summer when I wear sandals so much. Makes for a wonderful all purpose moisturizer. When you're outside in winter and skin gets dry and chapped, just rub a little coconut oil on it.. Feels wonderful. Just remembering that a little bit goes a long way, otherwise you'll feel like a greased pig.

My dau. has some exzema and she uses the coconut oil too and loves it!

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1/17/13 8:03 P

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In the last email I received from Dr. David Jockers he said
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"Coconut: The medium chain saturated fats in coconut help to rev up the metabolism by boosting thyroid function. The thyroid plays a very important role in metabolism, fat burning & fat distribution. It also stabilizes blood sugar by enhancing cellular insulin sensitivity."
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I also get the newsletters from the Coconut Research Centre by Dr. Barry Fife. He always has some very interesting information to impart.......

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Weil are also proponents of using Coconut and Coconut Oil.....

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1/17/13 6:58 P

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Coconut oil is a fat that helps burn fat. It is antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial. It is a medium-chain triglyceride which is metabolized differently than other fats. It bears further research if it interests you at all. Bruce Fife is the acknowledged expert, and there's lots of info out there on its benefits. Here's a start:

www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/or
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1/17/13 3:18 P

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For my face.....just wash and apply the coconut oil and go to sleep. It has helped to minimize my pores, lighten dark spots (just a little but i'll take it!), and definitely moisturizes! :-)

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I have heard both that saturated fats can improve heart health, and that societies that eat higher protein have reduced amounts of strokes.

I have no idea about coconut oil, but as a person with a heart condition, my health, and heart strength has improved a LOT on Atkins. I prefer olive oil and butter. I do not think that coconut oil is any better, and a year from now it will be another oil, with magical properties. I doubt it is harmful, but also doubt that it is something you need to run out and buy.

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How do you use coconut oil on your face? I have heard it is good for you.
Have yet to try it for anything, but I do love the taste of coconut.

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I use mostly coconut oil, butter, olive oil (for salads) and I do fry eggs in bacon grease now and then if I happen to have some. Brussels sprouts sauteed in bacon bits and bacon grease with a little onion, is great - at least for me!

I don't use any of the veggie oils - I would use peanut oil if I still made popcorn, but gave that up when I went back to l/c. The one thing I do miss sometimes... emoticon Otherwise, giving up the grains have been just fine.

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I use coconut oil and butter. I do not use olive oil because I don't like the taste of olives and I steer clear of all soy and corn products because they are usually made with Genetically Modified ingredients (GMO's)

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Oh, and I too save my bacon grease up for cooking some things. Butter, grapeseed and some nut oils, olive oil, I think that is all the fats I use. I avoid canola and any veggie oils (I wasn't aware that veggies HAD oil in them?)
My hubby HATES coconut oil, says it tastes like soap! emoticon

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Baylorb2, I wish you would do like I do and IGNORE the pie charts! I tend to laugh a little when I see the recommended pie chart and know that MINE is CORRECT!

By the way... I swear by Coconut Oil.... I have read SO much about its health benefits! I have some in my coffee every day.

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I like the toolbox analogy! I think we do what we find works for us. I have done alot of reading on coconut oil and happen to think it is a postive addition to my eating plan. I have 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil each day. I have been doing this for over a year now.

I also oil pull several times a month.

And I often use coconut oil as an overnight treatment on my hair and face. emoticon

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Coconut oil is a controversial subject even among lower carb diets. Some encourage it, others do not. I also consider it a tool, like any other tool in my toolbox. I don't look for excuses to use it but if I have a reason to use it I'm comfortable with it. I'm the same way with olive oil and butter as well. I'm also not concerned with saturated fat but with processed meats.

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Thanks for the wonderful info. I am bowing out of sparkpeople for a while... I'm rather tired of tracking my food, and all of their pie charts, and low fat goal setting... I thought I'd give it a try.... and I did for a while. I'ts not for me. I get enough negative from my job with the elderly. I don't need it on from a food tracker. I have enjoyed the wonderful people from smartcarbing etc. Good Luck to you all!! Paula

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Bear in mind (always): the article was written by a Spark's dietician (Ms Hand is kinda infamous for being anti low carb anti fat). Their training is based on long term old school thinking lead by government standards (which of course we know is heavily influenced by Big Pharma/Agro). Ms Hand did cite current research but as usual for every one study in the negative, you can find one for the positive.

I use coconut oil, coconut butter, dried coconut...right along with butter, bacon fat...and yes olive oil. I am a firm believer that saturated fat isn't necessarily the "evil" that we have been lead to believe. I monitor my BP, cholesterol, etc on a regular basis since I have familial history of heart disease/strokes and my numbers/test results have been fantastic.

I love using coconut oil to stir fry my veggies or meats - giving that flavor is yummy.

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Thanks for the information! I just love this team.

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I use lots of coconut oil. I use it in my stir fry veggies. I also use it with 100% cocoa and a few nuts as a treat when I'm doing a lot of intense exercise.

I also use plenty of olive oil and butter. I don't think coconut oil is any kind of miracle food, nor do I think it is poison. Just another tool for getting enough calories without getting a lot of carbs.

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Did anyone else get a message from sparkpeople about coconut oil? It was in my inbox today. I scanned it only to find the TYPICAL HYPE about avoiding saturated fats, and how we should not consume that much etc. Has anyone on this smart carb team used coconut oil? I never have, but I have several recipes that call for it. I usually just substitute real butter. Which I'm sure would strike alarm bells or all the spark registered dieticians. BUTTER OMG.... call out the low fat police!! LOW FAT HIGH CARB DIETS DO NOT WORK (FOR ME) I'd like to see more POSITIVE information about coconut oil.

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