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I go to swansonvitamins.com. Super prices.

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use a lot of coconut milk

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It sure does, my friend, it sure does....

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thanks Linda sifting through all these theories adds to the confusion

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Nas, one thing to watch for when looking as articles is the date of the article.

One person recently made a decision based on an article she read, but it turned out that article was written almost 10 years ago, and more recent studies proved the article was outdated and in error.

The other thing is to watch for articles where people are merely giving thier own opinions and not quoting valuable statistics and studies

It is tough to sort through all the rubber, that is true.

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very confused with every expert giving a different opinion

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I also live in Canada, but how do we really know for sure there is no GMO (or antibiotics, for that matter) in our foods? I sent an email to my PM once about food additives in imported foods, and my querry was forwarded to Minister of Agriculture. Several months later I got a cookie cutter response that did not address my question at all.... I have not asked about GMO but that might be my next question......

I would rather play it safe than be sorry, so I avoid all corn oils. I don't "fry" foods anyway, I use water and steam most things, but coconut is a good alternative for when an oil is needed. JMHO

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great for hair also use it in cooking

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It's not something I use every day--and wouldn't recommend it for that, when it comes down to it.... but it's a perfectly natural product, and has no effect that I can tell on my cholesterol levels one way or another...

Mostly, I have it on hand for when my skin gets dry-- It makes a great facial... LOL

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Great news...I took my mom for her 3 month check up yesterday, and her cholesterol has not increased. I've been using coconut oil in our diet since February to see if it will help with the Alzheimers. I use it mostly as a spread and as a saute oil, pretty much however I would use butter. I'm not sure if it's helping, although I would say her memory about certain things has improved, but I don't know if that's the coconut oil or just the nature of the disease. It certainly hasn't hurt her cholesterol levels.

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We have GMOs & nobody thinks of how dangerous they are

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Fortunately, I live in Canada: we don't do GMO or antibiotics or ...

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you are correct here

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Yes, it is high in saturated fat, but it is a Medium Chain Triglyceride and as such it is able to pass the cell membrane whereas Long Chains cannot.

Don't take just one report or source as a definative authority. Do your research. There is a lot of information from many sources..... New studies are being started and published all the time. And more and more doctors are accepting of CO as being a healthier alternative.

One more thought to consider. Can the natural coconut oil be any worse for the human body than oil from genetically modified canola, corn or even soy???

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Even though it has saturated fat its better as it has lauric acid anyway I use coconut a lot

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I like the flavour, however, it is really high in saturated fat which is definitely linked to high cholesterol which we all need to be very careful with.

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I like using coconut oil for stir fry... especially good if you have Thai or Polynesian recipes... like chicken satay... MMMmm. lol

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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Great information Linda! Thank you. emoticon

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Yes, I can see where that would work. but, ummmm......

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Great info, thanks Linda!

I enjoyed it while I was using it but I'm on Medifast now so I'm not adding extra fats. I'll be using it in the future as a butter substitute, I'm sure.

May be too much info for some people, but my friend's OB recommended it for vaginal dryness due to menopause. I haven't had that problem yet but it just shows yet another use for it!



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Coconut Oil is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees. If you see partially liquefied coconut oil in the store, it just means the temperature in the store is hovering around the 76 degree mark. As Valerie said, it gives smoothies a gritty "fat" feeling and that is because even if you add as liquid to your blender, the ice cubes drop the temperature so it solidifies very quickly.

Some people eat it by the spoonful. Some take it in capsule form (although that can be very expensive) Some use it only in cooking (frying) and some use it for everything. You can also get some of the benefits of CO from other coconut products. You can get crystals to use similar to sugar, coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut cream, Coconut flour and of course everyone is familiar with shredded coconut (although you should not use the sweetened varieties) However, you need much more of these to get the same benefits as coconut oil For example, coconut flour is the pulp that is left over after the oil has been expressed. That is not saying there is no benefit to coconut flour, you would just need to use (a lot) more of it. And the flour is also a nice alternative for people who are gluten intolerant.

It has received some very bad press over the years because it does harden at lower temperatures, and has been lumped in with other fats. The difference is, CO is a medium chain triglyceride, not long chain as most homogenized fats are.

CO has been demonstrated to lower cholesterol levels in many people, but there are a few that it will not help and may even increase those levels. The only way to really know is to try it, but let your doctor know so he might better understand any changes in your blood work..... Many Doctors are "old school" and don't agree with any fats, and especially not CO so be prepared for a negative reaction.

Other emerging studies are showing the benefits for many other health conditions, such as alzheimers, diabetes, and so forth. The thing is, do your research before you decide to use or not use.

It is your life and your body. You decide, but make sure you have all the facts one way or the other.......

Coconut Oil can be used externally as well as internally. Use it as a hair mask, as a facial, as a skin softener, etc. leave on for 1o or 20 minutes then shampoo or rinse off.


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confusing because one group says to take it & another says NO

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You can buy it at any health food store. Trader Joe's probably carries it now. You may even find it in your regular grocery store, along with cooking oils. Look for the solid kind.


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Wondering where to buy coconut oil? Carol

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I've been using coconut oil to pan fry things and as a spread on bagels when I eat them. I also put it in my mom's oatmeal. She has alzheimer's and someone sent me a video about it might be helpful for that. But we both take cholesterol meds, so I'm wondering what effect it's having on our cholesterol, although the video said it helps with raising the good HDL. I'll be taking my every 3-month lab tests soon, so we shall see.

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its confusing what to take or not

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The nutritionist suggest coconut milk. I use it in my coffee substitute (Dr. ousted coffee from my diet emoticon ) instead of dairy (Dr. nixed dairy too).

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I use a lot of coconut oil. I buy both extra virgin (lots of coconut flavor) and expeller pressed (no flavor) and use them based on what I'm cooking.

Since for me, keeping my blood sugar in control means fairly few (and carefully chosen) carbs, I make up the calories with fat and keep the protein portions at 3oz or so. Coconut oil is versatile and can add a nice flavor (extra virgin one anyway) so it plays a pretty big part of my diet, but I don't shy away from other fats.

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hee we have dr oz again..the guy is on tv ..what does your doc say about it your endo??? your nutritionist???..what's good for some people might not be good for others..but i wouldn't think of making diet changes in my diabetic life that were daily without running it by my nutritionist whe then in turn runs it by the endocrinologist..coconut oil may be good for dr oz but is it really good for you
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A few years ago, when the coconut oil craze hit, I bought a jar of it at my local Whole Foods store. It's great to use for frying but I don't eat fried foods.

I used it as a toast spread for awhile when I used to eat bread. I know many people use it in smoothies but I didn't like the texture it added (think little blobs of fat). It's a healthy fat but I think people get it confused with palm oil, which is the one we don't want to consume. Or is it palm kernel oil? Perhaps palm oil and palm kernel oil are one and the same?

Yep, it gets confusing but if you read up on coconut oil, it's considered safe and healthy. But make sure you buy the solid type. Spectrum Naturals makes a good one.

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i'm really confused on this too...

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anyone been taking or using coconut oil? been seeing lately it has a lot of health benefits,including some for diabetics, Dr. Oz also endorses it and takes it.

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