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Old 01-20-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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Coconut Oil

I bought some organic coconut oil when I was home last and have been using it as a weekly deep conditioner on my hair.

I've been reading loads about the benefits of coconut oil, not just hair & skin but cooking with it as well. Just curious, do you use it? If so, how do you use it and do you find it better than other oils or butter?

Thanks!

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Old 01-20-2008, 02:16 PM   #2
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I read that coconut oil is something like 90% saturated fat and as such is probably not so wonderful to consume. I'm not an expert but I think I would use something else in my cooking and save that for my hair.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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I use coconut oil quite a bit.

It's high in fat, but it's not hydrogenated so I really don't care. I'm not one of these people who is real anal about depriving myself of this or that on the guise that "it's not good for you". It tastes good, it infuses good flavor into foods, so I use it.

The only thing I'm not real big on with it is the fact that it has a relatively low smoke point.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:50 PM   #4
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I use coconut oil quite a bit.

It's high in fat, but it's not hydrogenated so I really don't care. I'm not one of these people who is real anal about depriving myself of this or that on the guise that "it's not good for you". It tastes good, it infuses good flavor into foods, so I use it.

The only thing I'm not real big on with it is the fact that it has a relatively low smoke point.
All oils are 100% fat, but there's a big difference between saturated and unsaturated fats. I don't deprive myself, either, but there are alternatives to coconut oil that taste perfectly good and are much healthier: olive, canola and peanut oils lower the bad fat and increase the good fat in your blood, while coconut oil increases both: Fats & Cholesterol: Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health

If anyone has cholesterol issues, they should avoid coconut oil. HTH.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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All oils are 100% fat, but there's a big difference between saturated and unsaturated fats. I don't deprive myself, either, but there are alternatives to coconut oil that taste perfectly good and are much healthier: olive, canola and peanut oils lower the bad fat and increase the good fat in your blood, while coconut oil increases both: Fats & Cholesterol: Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health

If anyone has cholesterol issues, they should avoid coconut oil. HTH.
Olive oil, canola and peanut oil don't taste like coconut oil, and don't provide the same flavor. Coconut oil does. I like olive oil for a lot of things, I use it for a lot of things. But to say it's the same thing (or even similar) is a huge misnomer. Canola oil imo is only good when I'm doing a recipe that requires a large amount of oil (cost/benefit issue at that point), and I don't use peanut oil for anything.

Again, I just don't care. I'm not a health nut, and I learned long ago what science says is good for you today, science will say will kill you tomorrow. I go by genetics. My grandparents lived to their 80's, my great grandfather lived to 83, my father will probably do the same, and I'll probably follow suit, regardless of what I eat. ****, my great grandmother, that old battleaxe, is at (EDIT: Typoed the age in the first draft) 104 and still going strong. She smokes half a pack of cigarettes a day, cooks with nothing but back fat, drinks cognac like it's going out of style.

I just think people get too obsessed with turning into health nut. Me? Well, I know a number of health nuts--and hey, a small portion of them even look healthy! They can do their thing, I'll do mine.
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:13 PM   #6
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rk, I would not use it to cook with. Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat. Olive oil is 14% saturated fat.
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:22 PM   #7
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Olive oil, canola and peanut oil don't taste like coconut oil, and don't provide the same flavor. Coconut oil does. I like olive oil for a lot of things, I use it for a lot of things. But to say it's the same thing (or even similar) is a huge misnomer.
I didn't say they provide the same or similar flavor; I said there are alternatives that taste good that are healthier.

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Canola oil imo is only good when I'm doing a recipe that requires a large amount of oil (cost/benefit issue at that point), and I don't use peanut oil for anything.
IMO, canola oil is good for all kinds of things where one doesn't want the flavor of the oil to dominate, since it has so little flavor of its own. I use peanut oil for Asian cooking as I believe it tastes more authentic. YMMV, of course.

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Again, I just don't care. I'm not a health nut, and I learned long ago what science says is good for you today, science will say will kill you tomorrow. I go by genetics. My grandparents lived to their 80's, my great grandfather lived to 83, my father will probably do the same, and I'll probably follow suit, regardless of what I eat. ****, my great grandmother, that old battleaxe, is at (EDIT: Typoed the age in the first draft) 104 and still going strong. She smokes half a pack of cigarettes a day, cooks with nothing but back fat, drinks cognac like it's going out of style.

I just think people get too obsessed with turning into health nut. Me? Well, I know a number of health nuts--and hey, a small portion of them even look healthy! They can do their thing, I'll do mine.
No need to take it so personally - I was speaking to the group, not just you
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Not taking it personally, just hypocrisy (and I'm not saying you specifically; I don't know you--this is a general statement) is one of my pet peeves.

Certain foods and items get villified. One of them is coconut oil, in spite of it being the most flavorful thing out there. What bothers me about *most* people who go touting the health benefits of olive oil or against using this or that foodstuff.....these are the same people who, at least once a week without fail, you see going through the drive-thru of your local McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc. ordering a supersized double quarter pounder with cheese combo (with a Diet Coke, of course--gotta watch that figure).

Personally? I don't eat fast food. At all. And I can guaran-god-dang-tee you that if I cooked with coconut oil every meal of every day for the rest of my entire life, I would still end up ahead of the curve ("nutritionally" speaking) from the canola loyalist who scarfs down a Big Mac at least once a week. I just get rather tired of hearing people go "zomg high in saturated fats! Bad, bad!" without really knowing what's going on.

I mean heck, even if you just wanted to go strictly off nutritional value as opposed to flavor, coconut oil helps your thyroid gland function properly, keeps your skin looking good, gives you immediate energy, and provides immune system support.

Even going off some of your alternatives...things like canola are polyunsaturated fats. I'll take a saturated fat over a polyunsaturated any day of the week (again, so long as it doesn't cross a cost/benefit line).

Which again, doesn't really matter--the healthy stuff will be proven to kill us tomorrow, and then killer stuff today will then be healthy. For a while at any rate until it reverses again (EX: Coconut oil was big up until WWII)
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The wife and I got onto this Thai food kick for awhile, mostly the coconut based curries, and wow did my cholesterol shoot up! So, I applied to this what I try to apply to most things in life: Moderation!

I have heard some people lately extoling the virtues of Cottonseed oil for cooking, not only as fairly healthy as oils go but also in that it allows the flavor of the food to come thru better.

Anybody had any experience with this?
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:54 PM   #10
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We always have come coconut oil on hand but only use it to pop corn in. Just like the movies...in the old days before the "food police" made it a bad thing. Buck and I don't worry about the health issues associated with coconut oil because we don't eat that much popcorn. It's not like we eat it three times a day every day.
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