[quote=ChefJune]Truth to tell, in colonial times, folks were lucky to make it to their 40's!
In fact, when SocialSecurity was instituted, and the reason it is in trouble now, the average life span of a white male was 47!
so they arbitrarily chose "65" as the magic number because the odds were not too many folks would ever live to collect!
There are any number of people, mostly in the tropics, who live long and healthy lives eating coconuts and all its byproducts. However, I doubt their coconut oil is hydrogenated. and THAT, I believe, is the kicker. If you can find -- and nowadays, I believe you can -- coconut oil that is not hydrogenated, there is no question it would be better in your Kosher diet than any of the margarines you are probably using now.
I'd be searching it out.
BTW... in a post farther up, I read someone refer to butter as "BAD." Butter is not BAD... especially in moderation. Olive oil is "better," but not applicable to all situations in which you might use butter.
We're being challenged these days to use our noodles! We can't just pick up any old thing from the grocery shelves. We have to be smart for ourselves and our families and friends.
[I really believe you are right about this, we cant just go into a store these days and pull whatever off the shelves. The hydrogenation of fats has now been proven to be unhealthy, and goodness knows what else we ingest that in 10 or 20 years we will find out that we can get cancer from. I stopped using margarine and vegetable fat years ago. I dont use polyunsaturated oil anymore either because of it being processed under high heat, which causes rancidity, and with chemical solvents. My question about coconut oil refers to the organic kind which is not hydrogenated. I have read that coconut oil contains something called Lauric Acid which is also found in butter and I have read can help prevent disease. I wonder if anyone has some more information on this or an opinion.
Even though most medical professionals will tell you that saturated fat is the worst thing you can eat, I wonder why we automatically have to believe it. They have after all been proven wrong on many things.
It is too bad that we have to think about these things. The problem with potentially living longer, is also the potential for having a bad quality of life in those later years. It may be worth it to give a care about whats on our plate and in our air etc. now. ]