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2/20/09 5:28 P

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Wow. I have some skin problems and now I'll have to try coconut oil to see if it helps! Thanks for the idea!

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2/18/09 9:51 A

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Thanks for the info. I'll look into it.

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2/18/09 4:21 A

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Yes, that was I said this oil is excellent for skin, and it is recommended for cosmetic purposes.

Actually, your link mentions it: "Natural coconut oil -not the hydrogenated version often found in processed foods- is a saturated fat"

When it is not a Cold Premium Processed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, I doubt it's very healthy to eat a RBD Coconut Oil -which stands for Refined, Bleached & Deodorized Coconut Oil-, but I'll research to get more informations.

I cook with olive oil, but only the Extra virgin olive oil (and organic one) -I don't buy cheap olive oil.

Anyway, I avoid Palm oil too -because of the ecological impact. I try to buy local as much as possible, we have way enough olive, sunflower fields over here, without importing other oils while deforestating foreign countries.

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2/17/09 11:00 P

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Here is a link to the book I read.

www.amazon.com/Coconut-Miracle-Previ
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sly-published-Healing/dp/1583332049



And if coconut oil was bad for you the Pacific Islanders would have died off a long time ago. Before western food was introduced, they were one of the healthiest people.

I did a test myself for skin. I used my expensive organic lotion on one arm and coconut oil on the other. The result was obvious. The coconut arm was softer and more radiant. Did the same on my face. The side with the oil cleared right up.

Eat the food that God gave us, not the "food" that humans created in laboratories


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2/17/09 10:52 P

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Hmm...I've been wondering about this because many traditional medical books/articles say coconut oil is bad for you, yet in all the natural/organic stores I go to, they sell it and recommend it for cooking, moisturizing, conditioning,etc. I would like to get more info on this.

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2/17/09 10:27 P

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I was reading the label on a Healthy Choice entree and it had triglycerides added.

Actually, coconut oil IS good for you nutritionally and it is good for your skin. It really has a bad rap. Refined coconut oil is just heated to take out more of the coconut oil taste. Coconut oil is a staple in my diet and I use it on my skin after a shower. It is also good on the face and helps to prevent break outs. It is a medium chained saturated fat, which IS good for you. Not all saturated fats are created equal. The Soy bean association put out all the negative publicity on tropical oils to promote their own oil. "The Coconut Oil Miracle" is a good place to get info what is not viewed through a soybean lense.

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2/16/09 1:50 A

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We have a list in our wallets with the ingredients which are a "no-no" in our carts (my mum used to do it too back in the 70s-80s, at this time it was pretty difficult to get any information about the additives).

What's on our list?
* Hydrogenated oils (partially or not)
* Artificial sweeteners like aspartame
* Some (actually lot of) E-numbers -they are simply a systematic way of identifying different food additives in Europe-, and those containing any animal by-products are systematically discarded by us as I'm a vegetarian, and because it's insane to have crushed pork or cow bones in a yogurt or anything else
* Soy lechitin if there is no mention GMO-free on the labels.
* Any produces which is something-enriched.
* No self-raising flour.

We don't really have any high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our produces, since we are not a "sugar-corn" continent; we mainly produce sugar-beet, it is economically cheaper to use our sugar-beet than importing corn (besides, 75% of European are totally against GMOs, so if some brand names want to sell their produces, they cannot really use imported corn -we cannot produce GMOs on our continent... for the moment, and I do hope it remains like that, not sure it'll as Monsanto is currently battling to change our laws anti-GMOs). HFCS are mainly found in the imported sodas (like Pepsi, Coke, 7UP, etc.), and our household don't buy or drink any sodas at all.

Since last Friday, a new one has been added to our list, (I never thought we could find this one in a edible produce!): REFINED COCONUT OIL!
It's used in the cosmetics industry, and in the food, it's a nightmare.

I sent a complaint to this food company. I've been sending a lot of complaints to food industry and I have participated to lot of protests, especially against GMOs -I'm a food activist.






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2/11/09 4:37 P

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You are definitely in a rough situation trying to eat whole foods while at school unless your school has adopted a whole foods section in their cafe. Figuring out what ingredients you will want to stray from is a personal choice at first.

I am attaching some a link to the fitsugar.com site. The writer there does a periodic "label able" series to try to figure out what some common non-whole food ingredients are. It is pretty good for basic introductory information.

www.fitsugar.com/tag/Label+Able

Good luck.

Just a dork trying to get healthier. I can also be found at
read.ossumniss.com/ or my prenatal blog
bodhibear.blogspot.com/

Namaste


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2/9/09 8:59 A

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I use three drops in my oatmeal everyday. (I also add vanilla, cinnamon, ground flax seed, and craisins. It is yummy.)

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2/9/09 8:10 A

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Is stevia an acceptable ingredient? I have not tried it and have heard just a little about it.

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LIZANNEH's Photo LIZANNEH Posts: 231
2/9/09 12:37 A

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Just wanted to add one: TBHQ in microwave popcorn.

I prefer to pop my own popcorn, but DD eats so much of it that we need to be able to use microwave stuff sometimes for the convenience factor. Anyway, I switched to brands that don't use TBHQ. Bonus - that icky "microwave popcorn smell" no longer permeates our house!

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Wow! I can't believe they put Laurel Sulphate in cake. That's not even necessary in soap. I make so and that's only done by soap manufacturers to stretch it out and preserve it. I can't imagine why they would even put that in something edible. Thanks for all the eye openers. I avoid all artificial sugars like the plague. You can't even buy a piece of gum without finding that they put that stuff in it. Everything is sugarless gum. When are they going to make gum with Stevia or Agave Nectar?

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1/26/09 9:14 P

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I avoid all those things mentioned earlier, plus any artificial sweetener. I'm trying to cut out sugar and refined grains (like white flour) too, but that's going sort of slowly!


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1/26/09 7:59 P

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The same as RBRINK21, in addition to anything that I don't know what it is. If it's a chemical name, or you don't know it, pass it by.

FOr example, I moved from filled with preservative salad dressings to making my own, or buying the slightly more expensive preservative free dressings.

I made angel cake a few months ago and afterward read the ingredients - it contained sodium laurel sulfate. That stuff is used in liquid soaps, shampoos, etc. to make liquids lather. And even then, scientists aren't entirely sure of its effect on the body. I can't believe they put that stuff in our food!


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1/26/09 11:06 A

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I avoid high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, splenda (sucralose), hydrogenated oils, BHT, and MSG.

The aspartame and splenda are the ones that I feel are the most important to avoid, and can be the easiest to avoid in processed foods.

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1/26/09 1:21 A

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Since I've begun trying to eat the most natural foods possible, checking the ingredient list on packaged foods has become a new habit.

I live at school, so I can't completely avoid packaged, processed foods. What are the main ingredients to avoid / ingredients that are ok?

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