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I use the same brand of organic coconut oil as Jing, Spectrum brand, the unrefined virgin oil that tastes and smells just like fresh coconuts. Its delicious.
The diff between the various oils is how they are extracted and graded are determined by pressings, how the oil is removed from the flesh of the coconut. Much like olive oils are. Let me see if I can find sumpin on it.
I know some Sparkers use it as a weight loss tool, but I haven't seen any convincing experiments that would get me to take it for that purpose. There's at least one thread on the topic in the older posts.
Instead, I use it occasionally to replace oils when I stirfry or make a curry... when the taste of the oil complements the foods I am cooking.
What you have is refined coconut oil, the smell has been removed, prolly some other things... I'm not sure if its been hydrogenated. If it says" "pure coconut oil" with no mention of hydrogenation, then Chances are you're okay. If its hydrogenated, I wouldn't use it... we're getting into transfat territory here!
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Do you think the refined works as well? It is solid and white. Doesn't really smell or taste like coconut.
If it does not say virgin coconut oil on the lable, than it is probably refined. The unrefined stuff smells like coconut, is snow white, and a solid at room temperature (but it will spread on warm toast). The unrefined may be a cream or pale yellow color and be more oily. Personally, I like the Spectrum brand.
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I bought some tonight and thought I'd give it a try. Those who may reading this and have used coconut oil -how much do you use on a daily basis? I melted a little bit and mixed with peanut butter. It was so runny. So, I added a little bit of grapenuts trailmix crunch dry cereal to the peanutbutter. Wasn't too bad, but I think I had too much oil. I melted 1 tsp. - Wonder if just mixing the unmelted oil with the peanutbutter would have worked better.
I became hypothyroid after going through menopause. I am currently taking synthroid. I gained about 25 pounds right after starting on meds and my weight continues to climb. The doctor says my labs are within normal ranges although I feel tired and unmotivated to do anything of late. I have never hear of the coconut oil for treating low thyroid. Does anyone know if it is safe to use with medication or not? I have been on synthroid for about 7 years.
How funny. I bought some of that today. I was planning on asking the same thing, myself.
Does anyone know if the Lou Ann brand of coconut oil from Walmart is any good for the use in weight loss? Is it considered virgin coconut oil?
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