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Is Coconut the New Soy?

As the media reports continued to down grade soy, the food manufacturing industry was answering the call to arms. What food could they manufacture into a wide variety of products, which is actually beneficial to human health, easy to digest, has endured years of positive scientific research and heralded by the very doctors and food scientists who helped put the big kibosh on the soybean? You guessed it…the coconut.

Surprised? Well you should be. After languishing in reputation hell for years, and reputed to cause heart disease on the level of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (which were considered to be better for your health!), renowned nutritionist-biochemist, Mary G. Enig, Ph.D championed the health benefits of including coconut oil in ones diet. She disproved the lies with scientific research showing how coconut oil is actually good for the heart, while hydrogenated oils are the death knell.

But doesn’t coconut oil cause high cholesterol, you might ask? Nope. As a matter of fact, this medium chain triglyceride digests very quickly and even supports the immune system. Plus it cooks at a very high temperature and adds a light coconut flavor to a dish. Come on, there has to be something wrong with it! After all, the health food shelves are already groaning under the weight of products made with coconut oil, coconut kefir, coconut milk, coconut creamer, coconut vinegar, coconut aminos, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut cream, creamed coconut, desiccated coconut, shredded coconut, and coconut water.

There is an I Ching hexagram that reminds us that to know what is coming, look to the immediate past. In this case remember the saga of the soybean. The food manufacturing companies like nothing better than to take a raw, natural food and process everything that is good and beneficial out of it rendering it a mere shadow of its former self. As you shop for alternatives to dairy and soy, consider that just because it has coconut in it does not mean it will be good for you. Read all labels and stay with what is raw, organic, unfiltered, and/or fermented, and as close to its place in Mother Nature as you can find it.

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2:50AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:07PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Coconut is amazing and delicious. I love it.

8:24AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Personally, I LOVE any and all coconut products that I have tried so far. Always have.

I am NOT allergic to them. I have some very strange allergies too.

Linda J. makes an excellent point. Some people ARE allergic to coconut products. If you don't like the taste of these products, you MIGHT have a sensitivity or are allergic to them. Caution is always the objective. Give her Green Stars.

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7:25PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

If you eat organic, non-GMO soy, and are not allergic to it, it's a perfectly healthy food.
Canola is another plant on the heavily GM'd list.
If you want to avoid harming animals, there is no need to eat fish oil.

6:01PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I love coconut oil for my baking needs

12:36PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Może i u nas kiedyś będzie dostępne.

8:46PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I hope not. I would hate to have coconut GMO'ed.

11:32AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Coconut milk the new soy - I certainly hope so!

9:54AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

When I was pregnant with my first child 20 years ago, an older Afro American women told me to use coconut oil on my tummy and elsewhere everyday to prevent stretch marks, after 4 pregnancies I do not have a single stretch mark!!!! So, I don't know if it was the coconut oil or my genetic caucasian makeup but I tell every pregnant women to use coconut oil now. Pass it on!

12:47AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Coconut is awesome, just stay the hell away from soy please. “Imagine drugs that are known, by years of scientific documentation, to be both carcinogenic and to also cause DNA and chromosome damage being prescribed and administered through the food supply to populations of many countries around the world without the knowledge or consent of the individuals consuming these foods … with no way to track dosage, individual reactions, or harmful side-effects … and without any concern for some people’s increased vulnerability to these drugs, such as cancer patients. It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what is happening around the world when Soy is added to our food supply. Soy contains the scientifically documented carcinogenic and DNA damaging and chromosome damaging natural chemicals genistein and daidzein.” - True Health, the magazine of Carotec Inc., Naples, Florida. May/June 2004.
“(Soyfoods) are not nutrients. They are drugs.”

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