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The Truth About Coconut Oil

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The Truth About Coconut Oil

You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, like elevated cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple.

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?[1]

Clearly, a lot of confusion and contradictory evidence exists on the subject of saturated fats, even among health care professionals. †But I’m going to tell you something that public health officials and the media aren’t telling you.† The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

The operative word here is “created,” because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation.

Hydrogenation manipulates vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, producing a rancid, thickened oil that really only benefits processed food shelf life and corporate profits. †The medical and scientific communities are now fairly united in the opinion that hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils should be avoided.

These unsaturated fats, artificially manipulated into saturated fats,†are also called trans fats, and no doubt you’ve heard about them lately. Some cities and states have now outlawed their use. There is no controversy anymore regarding the health dangers of these artificially saturated fats.

And guess what? †These are the same damaged trans fats that have been touted as “healthy” and “heart-friendly” for the last 60 years by the vegetable and seed oil interests!

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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3:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Paula Y. made a valid point... "now that everyone in the world wants coconut oil you KNOW it is going to corrupt the coconut growing process"
I've been buying a specific brand of pumpkin oil for nearly two years...the last bottle I bought seems to have been watered down. The flavour, colour and viscosity is not what its been in the past.


8:23AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

ty

5:20PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

I've been giving it to my dogs for years. I think I will now make them share.

5:46PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thanks

5:20AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Of course coconut oil does not spike blood sugar, it is fat! Butter does not spike blood sugar either. Sugar spikes blood sugar, not fat.

On another level, I do not doubt coconut's health giving properties BUT just like avocados ( http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-horrifying-truth-about-avocados.html ), now that everyone in the world wants coconut oil you KNOW it is going to corrupt the coconut growing process:

1. GMO
2. destroying rain forest land to grow MORE coconut to meet the demand
3. finding ways to make the process cheaper (and therefor the end product) to increase profits
4. Blah, blah, blah... the same old human corruption stories on every "commodity" that is deemed a "superfood"

Should we not stick with the superfoods that are local to us, grow in our local, regional areas?

Just a thought on keeping the earth less exploited in so many ways.

Hugs, Paula

12:24PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks!

9:13PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

thanks

9:25PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

I had heard coconut oil was good, but now, after reading this info. I will be using it in my cooking asap! Thank you for sharing this article:)

9:03AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Great info, thank you

7:32AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

thanks

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