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Old 07-23-2006, 09:08 AM   #11
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:21 AM   #12
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Dina while I cannot comment on the benefits or risks of coconut oil I can say that it is definitely an acquired taste.

Coconut oil is very strong in smell and flavor. Using it for frying is not a good option. Even cooking with it leaves a very strong flavor in the food.

In India a lot of things in the South are cooked in coconut oil and I personally would be able to smell have an after taste in my mouth which I did not like.

I like to use Canola which is pretty bland in taste and is great for frying or general cooking.
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Old 07-23-2006, 11:16 PM   #13
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Thank you for the input. You are probably right, there is a strong taste.
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:15 PM   #14
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I cousin is a Doc (Childrens Brain specialist) in the Philippines. He takes the virgin type of coconut oil regularly. Although I am not sure why, he states that the virgin type is very good for you. He has sent some to me, but to be honest I have yet to take it. At the moment it is rock solid in the container and no longer liquid.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:29 PM   #15
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I've been reading lately about the benefits of coconut oil...
Venezuela is full of coconut palms. If you go down to the beach you can drink fresh coconut water, icy cold, direct from the coco. Others drink a little then add a splash of local rum. The snobs drink whisky with coconut water.
There are hundreds of girls waddling along the streets with huge trays of "Conserva de coco" (Coconut preserve) on their heads. A favourite refresher is the "Cocada" - a dee-vine drink made with young coconut meat, the coconut water, and a little sugar.
The empty shells are also used for potting orchids or bromeliads.

I'd be most interested to know if anyone in India could enlighten us as to the benefits of coconut, since I remember some while ago hearing a radio programme on the subject.
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Old 07-28-2006, 05:54 AM   #16
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http://www.alternative-healthzine.com/html/0108_2.html

This site has some good info. I looked into coconut oil a couple of years ago after hearing of the health benefits. Still haven't gotten around to trying it yet! So much to try...so little time. lolol
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:41 AM   #17
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I cousin is a Doc (Childrens Brain specialist) in the Philippines. He takes the virgin type of coconut oil regularly. Although I am not sure why, he states that the virgin type is very good for you. He has sent some to me, but to be honest I have yet to take it. At the moment it is rock solid in the container and no longer liquid.
I just looked at the coconut oil (virgin type) my cousin gave me. Its liquid again we are having a heat wave here. I am suppose to take a teaspoon of it or cook with it. I am going to give it a try for breakfast.
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:20 PM   #18
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I just looked at the coconut oil (virgin type) my cousin gave me. Its liquid again we are having a heat wave here. I am suppose to take a teaspoon of it or cook with it. I am going to give it a try for breakfast.
I have been using a teaspoon or two of coconut oil, the organic kind, but it doesnt say virgin, combined with olive oil when I stir fry. My idea is that it will raise the time it takes the oil to smoke. I have no proof for this, but I just do it anyway. I dont find any taste difference in the food. I have wondered if the supposed benefits of the oil only apply to the "Virgin" kind. Maybe your cousin has some info on that.
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Old 07-29-2006, 01:20 AM   #19
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I've spent a week researching this and boy - there is no 25-cent answer to this! And, I haven't found answers to satisfy all of my questions ...

Let's get the Organic and Virgin terms out of the way first - they are the same thing.

Yes, coconut oil is LOADED with saturated fats (about 90%) ... but yeah, they are different from other saturated fats. Most saturated fats are long chain triglycerides ... about 50% of coconut oil's saturated fat is medium chain triglycerides (MCT) ... and that is what makes one of the differences. Instead of going through the normal digestive process - MCT's are sent directly to the liver (instead of being digested in the intestines) and are treated like carbohydrates instead of as a fat - thus they are instantly available for energy. For this reason, coconut oil has been used in a blend with other fats by savvy hospital food nutritionist and doctors in the diets of some patients.

There is evidence that Lauric and Capric Acid (which make up about 50% of the saturated fats in coconut oil) have some significant antimicrobial properties. Derivatives of these are being investigated for treating AIDS/HIV patients with some promising results. But, it's not the only oil that has some medicinal properties ... a 4:1 mixture of oleic and erucic acid (short chain fatty acids) extracted from olive oil and rapeseed (known as Lorenzo's Oil) is a treatment for ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy) - although the research is still underway.

RE: Hydrogenated Coconut Oil .... what I found is that coconut oil is usually blended with other vegetable oils (high in mono and poly unsaturated fats) which are then hydrogenated, or blended in after the other oil is hydrogenated. But, all of the effects of hydrogenation is another story ....

While there clearly is a benefit to virgin coconut oil on one hand - I can't seem to find answers to all of my questions about how it affacts serum cholesterol on the other. But, that's not the only question I have ...
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Old 07-29-2006, 11:08 AM   #20
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That is amazing, Michael; I just learned more about coconut oil in two minutes than I have learned in 20 yrs! Well researched and beautifully explained!
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