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December 3, 2012 8:49 AM
Is there a big difference nutrient wise between virgin coconut oil and organic refined oil?
December 3, 2012 8:55 AM
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Nutritionalist started my daughter on straight up 3TBS a day to correct thyroid and insulin resistance so I began researching it. Found out a ton of information. The book "Coconut Cure" is very helpful. A tsp in tea or coffee 20 minutes before meals aids in weight loss by decreasing cravings, correcting metabolism. I've personally experienced the decrease in cravings. It does so much more and I have some info on my profile.


I've been using it for cooking and topically. This is great new info, thanks for posting!
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December 3, 2012 9:01 AM
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I adore coconut oil! I basically use it wherever I would normally use oil (I use it for stir frys, baking, etc). I also add a tablespoon to my coffee in the morning.


Is this sweet so that it would replace sugar?
December 3, 2012 9:37 AM
I work with a Psychiatrist that swears by Coconut Oil and Coconut Water. I had kidney stones and she told me to drink Coconut Water. I did and haven't had another battle with Kidney stones...yet!! I try to drink it as often as I can and also cook with Coconut Oil.
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December 3, 2012 9:42 AM
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I adore coconut oil! I basically use it wherever I would normally use oil (I use it for stir frys, baking, etc). I also add a tablespoon to my coffee in the morning.


Is this sweet so that it would replace sugar?


It has a sweetnest to it, but definitely not quite like sugar.
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December 3, 2012 9:49 AM
I LOVE coconut oil, just by adding it into my diet I've lost a ton of body fat!
Most of my friends still buy into the whole Low fat diet crap and dont believe me that eating more fat leads to fat loss, but thats their problem not mine!

I mix mine with cocoa powder and pea protein to make a pre and post workout "porridge" kind of dish, or if I'm in a hurry just straight from the pot!

Use it on my hair and skin too, although my skin and hair improved so much even when I didnt use it topically!
December 3, 2012 2:41 PM
ive never tried it but im pretty curious now so im gunna have to get some quick ill let you know what i think
December 3, 2012 2:47 PM
I've only ever used extra virgin coconut oil in my hair. It gets so shiny and soft :)

I have yet to try it in cooking though.
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December 3, 2012 4:20 PM
Bump. Great topic and dialogue.
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December 3, 2012 4:24 PM
I'm working with a guy who is a trainer, but I don't know him as one. He's working my diet over, and is recommending a tbsp or two of coconut oil as a snack during the day. I went to his desk and took a sniff. Smells like a treat. He swears by it and says it's a superfood. So...I'm going to be having a little bit every day starting next week (leaving for a vacation on Wednesday, and I DON'T CARE WHAT I EAT OR DO -- I'm getting back on the skinny horse next Monday).
December 3, 2012 4:38 PM
Since I started keto I've started to love coconut oil. Mainly in my coffee. Nice dose of good fats in the morning for energy not to mention the digestive benefits!
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December 4, 2012 10:18 AM
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December 4, 2012 1:17 PM
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I saute my chicken in it. It's great for stir fry. It's great for any dish that requires high heat because it won't turn rancid at high heat like other cooking oils. It's fantastic on the skin as well. So many health benefits.

I see people say all the time that coconut oil has such a high smoke point, but it isn't true. Refined coconut oil has a relatively high smoke point, but virgin coconut oil actually has a very low smoke point (under 350 degrees, lower than extra virgin olive oil.)

Not a bad ingredient to use, but I certainly wouldn't try with it.



Very good info about the smoke point. I sautee with coconut oil as much as possible and I have to consciously remember to keep the temperature lower than I normally would. The great thing is though, even when burnt, the oil still tastes pretty good.

Another note, coconut oil stays good indefinitely, unlike most oils which have an expiration date.

The problem is, when oil is heated beyond the smoke point, it oxidizes, which converts some of the fatty acids into trans fats. It's really not a matter of taste, but a matter of health. Frying with coconut oil basically kills off all the (possible) health benefits, and adds unhealthy trans fats instead.
December 4, 2012 1:33 PM
Coconut oil is the shiznet!! I cook with it, add it to everything, use it in my hair and on my bod. Excellent all around healthy item.
December 4, 2012 2:42 PM
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I saute my chicken in it. It's great for stir fry. It's great for any dish that requires high heat because it won't turn rancid at high heat like other cooking oils. It's fantastic on the skin as well. So many health benefits.

I see people say all the time that coconut oil has such a high smoke point, but it isn't true. Refined coconut oil has a relatively high smoke point, but virgin coconut oil actually has a very low smoke point (under 350 degrees, lower than extra virgin olive oil.)

Not a bad ingredient to use, but I certainly wouldn't try with it.



Very good info about the smoke point. I sautee with coconut oil as much as possible and I have to consciously remember to keep the temperature lower than I normally would. The great thing is though, even when burnt, the oil still tastes pretty good.

Another note, coconut oil stays good indefinitely, unlike most oils which have an expiration date.

The problem is, when oil is heated beyond the smoke point, it oxidizes, which converts some of the fatty acids into trans fats. It's really not a matter of taste, but a matter of health. Frying with coconut oil basically kills off all the (possible) health benefits, and adds unhealthy trans fats instead.
Trans fats can only be manufactured from a mono or poly fat because of the available cis configuration, which is then converted to a trans configuration. Even then, I'm not aware it can be done by heating a poly oil, at least I've never been able to find that research.
December 4, 2012 2:46 PM
I buy Organic, Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Coconut oil. I use it cooking- mostly roasting veggies. Makes a great lip ointment or hair treatment.
December 4, 2012 6:46 PM
I've heard good things about coconut oil, but then I looked at the label: 1tbsp has 130 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat. What the HECK?! 13 grams of saturated fat - NO THANKS!
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December 6, 2012 9:26 AM
I LOVE it for a whole slew of things as a beauty product. It's an amazing moisturizer and has all but completely cured my keratosis pilaris (little red bumps on the upper arms and thighs), diminished my chronic under-eye dark circles, helped my stretch marks and improved my nails.
BUT... when I tried eating it, I got SO SICK! Like horrible nausea, vomiting and lethargy. I know I don't have a coconut allergy because I love eating all things coconut and it never phases me. Definitely take it slow if you're thinking about eating it for the first time.
December 6, 2012 9:36 AM
From my mate the new IFBB Pro Anth Bailes:

"Matt...try lowering the carbs a touch and increasing the fats a little...cook your food in coconut oil,add omega 3s,few tablespoons udos or EVOO,nuts...you know the deal.Lower Carb intake = higher insulin sensitivity...which we want !"

Plenty of benefits from using the above fats, esp coconut oil.
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January 13, 2013 5:27 PM
love it! i use it for a deep conditioner for my hair, face moisturizer, and i use it to shave my legs! :D
i have yet to cook with it, but im probably going to try it out soon!
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January 19, 2013 8:20 AM
Bump!
January 19, 2013 8:27 AM
Great topic posting. I switched to coconut milk creamer and the occasional coconut milk ice cream treat (So Delicious brand), but haven't experimented with coconut oil in cooking yet. I'll pick up a jar and give it a try!
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January 19, 2013 8:30 AM
I'm obsessed!!! love in so much! I get it at vitacost.com
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January 19, 2013 8:31 AM
I cook my eggs in it, use it on popcorn instead of butter, use it in other cooking, & put it on my hair. Good stuff!
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