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July 29, 2013 9:58 AM
I have been doing a little internet research on coconut oil. Anyone here use it (to cook with, supplement, or beauty tricks)? Any tips or advice? Where do you buy yours from and do you buy refined/unrefined? If you use it as a supplement, do you notice a difference in your energy level, and how much are you consuming daily? Sorry for all the questions..... All comments appreciated!!!!!
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July 29, 2013 10:05 AM
I originally bought some to cook with. It's not the expensive unrefined raw stuff, though I will consider that when this tub is done.

I never actually got around to cooking with it! I started using it as a body lotion and hair remedy, so I moved the whole jar to the bathroom. It stays liquid and I just dip my fingers in, run it around in my palms for a bit and massage it on. It works best if your hands are a little wet.
July 29, 2013 10:10 AM
I originally bought coconut oil for popcorn. I put a bit in the bottom of my popcorn maker, add popcorn and cook until popped. Gives it a great flavour. I have started to cook with it now and again. I find it pricey so I don't use it as my sole cooking oil. I haven't noticed any changes though since starting to use it. It's just another cooking oil.

It is great to moisturize skin, and hair. I have a tiny jar with a bit in it in my bathroom and when my hair is feeling pretty dry I rub a TINY bit between my fingers and run though my hair. I also use it as a lip moisturizer and a makeup remover sometimes.
July 29, 2013 10:11 AM
i smear it all over me and tan in it.
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July 29, 2013 10:12 AM
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i smear it all over me and tan in it.


LOL
July 29, 2013 10:12 AM
I use it to cook, I love it
July 29, 2013 10:33 AM
I've been using it for a few years to cook with, bake with, use on my hair and skin as well as my kids. Sometimes I add it to my tea if I need more fat in my diet. I also add to my kids ezekiel toast in the morning to give them some good fat. I use unrefined, cold pressed.
July 29, 2013 10:34 AM
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I have been doing a little internet research on coconut oil. Anyone here use it (to cook with, supplement, or beauty tricks)? Any tips or advice? Where do you buy yours from and do you buy refined/unrefined? If you use it as a supplement, do you notice a difference in your energy level, and how much are you consuming daily? Sorry for all the questions..... All comments appreciated!!!!!


Coconut is a bad fat because it is processed. Processing = bad
July 29, 2013 10:36 AM
I use it to cook with but I have mainly used it for skin care for myself as well as for my kid's diaper rash. It makes food so moist and taste great
July 29, 2013 10:38 AM
Unrefined extra virgin coconut oil is one of the best oils out there!!!!
July 29, 2013 10:38 AM
I've used coconut oil for the past couple of years as moisturizer. The other day I don't know what came over me (aliens? laugh), but I mixed a tablespoon with nutritional yeast and put in on popcorn. Delicious!
July 29, 2013 10:38 AM
I buy Nutrvia brand. I use it to sautee veggies, smells great!
July 29, 2013 10:39 AM
For the people using it for skin care...Do you use it on your face? I am worried it would make me break out...
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July 29, 2013 10:39 AM
I heard it is good brain food
July 29, 2013 10:40 AM
I have dry skin and very curly hair that tends to dryness. About a year ago I bought some coconut oil and I'm a convert now. I buy Spectrum's Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil at the grocery store, it comes in a big plastic tub and is inexpensive. It's improved my skin soooo much (I haven't had an issue with dry skin since, and my cuticles no longer crack and split in the winter). I love it (I don't cook with coconut oil tho so couldn't tell you much about that).
July 29, 2013 10:41 AM
I cook with it (usually a nice stir fry) and I've added a teaspoon to my coffee to get some additional fat in. It is good, adds a great flavor, but it hasn't been life altering. Just an alternative to olive oil for me.
July 29, 2013 10:41 AM
It actually clears up my face!
July 29, 2013 10:41 AM
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For the people using it for skin care...Do you use it on your face? I am worried it would make me break out...


I'm prone to breakouts and haven't had any so far with the coconut oil. I use it very sparingly though on my face - just a few drops where it's needed.
July 29, 2013 10:41 AM
It's the BEST for the haircare! I put it on for 2-12 hours and it does wonders to my hair! It's the easiest to wash off later with shampoo.

I used to eat it (one small spoon a day) because it was prescribed by my doctor.

I don't use it for my skin, coconut oil is too comedogenic.
July 29, 2013 10:42 AM
Never knew you could cook with it. I buy it from the Pharmacy, for my daughter diaper rash. Best stuff ever. Very sensitive skin and it clears it up better than anything else.
July 29, 2013 10:43 AM
As for unrefined/refined, virgin/extra virgin, etc...refined is said to be better for cooking and baking because it can withstand higher heats. That being said, I haven't had any problems cooking or baking with unrefined. There is also centrifuged coconut oil which is probably the best way to 'process' the oil but it's difficult to find. With refined & unrefined, you'll still have a bit of the coconut taste, albeit very mild (depending on the brand). Centrifuged basically has no taste or even milder than refined/unrefined. As for virgin or extra virgin...there is no difference, it's a marketing ploy.
July 29, 2013 10:44 AM
Hair loves it. I generously apply the night before washing.

I've also used it to oil my waffle iron.
July 29, 2013 10:44 AM
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I have been doing a little internet research on coconut oil. Anyone here use it (to cook with, supplement, or beauty tricks)? Any tips or advice? Where do you buy yours from and do you buy refined/unrefined? If you use it as a supplement, do you notice a difference in your energy level, and how much are you consuming daily? Sorry for all the questions..... All comments appreciated!!!!!


Coconut is a bad fat because it is processed. Processing = bad


http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-fat-burning-fat-the-coconut-is-natures-premiere-thermogenic.html

" The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration and the World Health Organization, among many other high-profile agencies, advise against the consumption of large amounts of coconut oil due to its high saturated fat content. However, it must be noted that the studies criticizing coconut oil were focused on the hydrogenated, refined oil, not on virgin coconut oil. The truth is that virgin coconut oil isn't just a different coconut oil—it's pretty much deserving of its own category among oils and fats altogether....

Virgin coconut oil contains a range of healthy saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Some of these, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, are renowned for their beneficial health properties. However, since more than 60 percent of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated fats, its appeal clearly hinges on them.

The primary medium-chain fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid made of 12 carbons. Lauric acid is not common in nature, being found in human breast milk, palm kernel oil (which is not palm oil; big difference!), and in trace amounts in some animal milks. In virgin coconut oil, it makes up half of the fatty acids.

Lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial agent, but its effect on cholesterol levels garner even bigger headlines. This medium-chain fatty acid is known to increase total cholesterol levels in the body. This increase, however, is largely in the so-called good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL). By increasing HDL levels, lauric acid may help support cardiovascular health. Lauric acid content is another area where the difference between refined and raw coconut oil is clear. During processing, coconut oil is stripped of its lauric acid, because this fatty acid is an important ingredient in many soaps and cosmetics. So go virgin or go home. "


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Edited by bcf7683 On July 29, 2013 10:48 AM
July 29, 2013 10:46 AM
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For the people using it for skin care...Do you use it on your face? I am worried it would make me break out...


I do use it on my face, but only overnight in areas where my skin really needs the extra moisture, and then I am very diligent about cleansing the next morning. It can clog your pores and if you are prone to breakouts anyway it might not be the best idea.
July 29, 2013 10:48 AM
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I have been doing a little internet research on coconut oil. Anyone here use it (to cook with, supplement, or beauty tricks)? Any tips or advice? Where do you buy yours from and do you buy refined/unrefined? If you use it as a supplement, do you notice a difference in your energy level, and how much are you consuming daily? Sorry for all the questions..... All comments appreciated!!!!!


Coconut is a bad fat because it is processed. Processing = bad


All oil is processed. It has to be expelled/expressed somehow. Still, coconut is a better choice than canola oil....because WTF is a canola?

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