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11/9/11 9:49 A

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WOW!!! Nice and very informative. Thank you. I couldn't remember the healthy reason for coconut oil, and here it is in black and white. Just remember moderation and variety as the keys to health.

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11/8/11 11:19 A

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Saturated fats
Every carbon atom in the fatty acid is matched up with a hydrogen atom, the fat is saturated- it cannot hold any more hydrogen. They are usually solid at room temperature.

Your brain is mainly made of fat and cholesterol. The importance of the highly unsaturated essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish (EPA and DHA) for normal brain and nerve function is sound fact. Most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats robs your brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally.
Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol and medications, including acetaminophen and other drugs commonly used for pain and arthritis, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, and even to reverse the damage once it has occurred. Certain saturated fats function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism, including the appropriate release of insulin; it is important to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells as well as infectious invaders require sat fats.
For proper lung function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of what’s called lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids.

Saturated fats found in butter and coconut oil (myristic acid and lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bone.
Eating saturated (and other) fats also raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

When women diet, studies have indicated that those eating the greatest percentage of the total fat in their diets as saturated fat, advocating plant sources as the higher amounts of saturated fat food choices will lose the most weight. The quote of mainstream institutions of 10 percent from total daily calories in fats is hormone balancing, too low.

You have 20 different fatty acids in your body; all made from the basic two: Linoleic acid and Linolenic acid. They are taken from food, they are essential. You most consume them everyday. Saturated fat is essential, everything in moderation; completely missing them will harm the body and set up the DNA corruption, the basis of cancer.
We have been hit hard by diet craze. Cholesterol is essential to hormone creation and balance. Cholesterol reducing medicines have been taken to an extreme and harming populations of men for 19 years; when will we learn that some reduction is okay doctor guided but whole populations cutting back too much is not the message the pharmaceutical giants were seeking.

I also read somewhere that the saturated fats of plant sources can help pull and flush out toxins; even the vegan can appreciate fewer liver toxins; the ones high in caprylic acid and lauric acid that is.

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/200
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11/8/11 2:11 A

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THank you for all of the good info!

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10/31/11 5:03 A

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I know, I know!!! This is a long read, but I think it is important for everyone to read this article:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch
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al-science/8269/

It has really changed how I'm viewing medical and health claims. I've also been reading Michael Pollan's book, "In Defense of Food." Between reading this link, and reading Pollan's book, I have a new view on diet and health. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these two author's.

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10/31/11 2:20 A

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Coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, about 86% according to one source. Saturated fats typically raise your bad cholesterol and provide no benefits. There is speculation that maybe some saturated fats aren't completely negative, but they definitely aren't beneficial like unsaturated fats.

Of unsaturated fats, there are 2 kinds: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats lower both bad AND good cholesterol, and monounsaturated fats lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. A lot of people are focused on omega 3s lately, which are polyunsaturated, but the monounsaturated is really what is best for us.

Olive oil has the highest content of monounsaturated fats while maintaining a low saturated fat content.

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10/9/11 5:45 P

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Cooking oil smoke point
http://www.cookingforengineers.com/artic
le/50/Smoke-Points-of-Various-Fats
Written by Michael Chu
I do know that flax has both omega-3s and 6s, not just 3s. look online for details www.cookingforengineers.com/article/
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10/4/11 11:28 A

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You are right on about the omega-6/omega 3 balance. That's why I've removed all industrial seed oils from our diet, include plenty of wild caught fish, and only eat pastured, local meats. However, I would think twice about the Smart Balance. Michael Pollan has a great discussion of nutritionism in his book In Defense of Food (mentioned below). When foods are industrially "enhanced" it never ends up being better for us. If a food package has a health claim, it is basically a guarantee that food isn't healthy. Nature knows best.



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10/4/11 11:04 A

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I use both coconut oil(organic) and e.v.o.o. I am learning recently, that we are consuming too much omega 6 fats and we need to balance our omega 6's and our 3's. So I am now using more flaxseed oil too. When I make salad dressing, I mix flax, grapeseed, and olive oils. When I cook, I mix coconut and olive. And I'm using less canola, peanut, safflower, soy,and sunflower. When I need oil in baked goods, I'm using Smart Balance Omega 3 oil. Olive oil has the least amount of omega 6's of all the other oils we have been using. Walnut and avocado are good omega 3 oils too, but pricey. Sesame oil is in the middle.

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10/4/11 1:14 A

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Some of the neighborhoods here (in Brooklyn, NY) often stock naturally extracted Safflower and Sunflower oils -- both have high amounts of Vitamin E, and Safflower Oil supposedly gets rid of "brown fat" from the body (you'll have to Google that for a full explanation), and can be used topically on the skin as a moisturizer without clogging pores. Some sunflower oils contain other vitamins as well (like Vitamin K).
The prices in these areas are between cheap and reasonable, but they go way up outside -- it seems a lot of the immigrants in these areas (especially Russians and Ukrainians) use these oils, and their specialty stores have cheaper prices than the regular supermarkets.

I haven't tried coconut oil, yet, because the price has been too high. But, it's on my list.

BTW, I've used Safflower Oil at high temperatures and there was no smoking.

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I also use to use Olive Oil for everything, but have since added Grape Seed Oil, Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil and Avacado Oil. Olive Oil can not stand too high of heat, where the grape seed oil will handle the heat as will coconut oil.

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I used to use olive oil for nearly everything, but about three months ago I switched to coconut oil, butter, or ghee. There seem to be some concerns about whether or not olive oil is really heat stable. So, I only use olive oil on salads or other already cooked foods for flavor.

Organic would definitely be a plus, but organic olive oil is certainly available, so there is no reason that should be your only deciding factor.

I like the coconut flavor of unrefined coconut oil, but if you get the more refined coconut oil (which is still good for you) it has a pretty neutral flavor.

There is a lot of good information about coconut oil on the Nuts for Coconut team.



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I love cooking with coconut oil. Extra virgin coconut oil doesn't leave a coconuty taste either. Bottles would be tough though because it's solid at room temp. I haven't ever had any problem with it smoking - unlike olive oil.

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I currently cook EVERYTHING with non organic extra virgin olive oil. I even replace butter in recipies a lot of the time with it. I recently read and heard of coconut oil. I did a little reasearch and apparently it has a higher smoke point, and most forums and articles mention it promotes weight loss. Now I found a website where I can buy it at a decent price, in a 1 gallon bottle of course. Does anyone know health or nutrition pros OR cons to coconut over olive oil? The smoke point is it a lot higher or slight? As far as flavor, is it sweet, tart, what? This coconut oil I found is organic as well whereas my olive oils arent. comments, answers, anyone?



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