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Old 11-30-2010, 07:14 PM   #21
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Thats just the online price. Its actually usually about $2.49/lb at the store. You can occasionally get a killer deal of $1.69 though!
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:48 PM   #22
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Another alternative to Crisco is to use Coconut Oil which is a solid at room temperature, and natural.

it may be natural but is certainly not good for you.
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it may be natural but is certainly not good for you.
Why do you think it isn't good for you?

I may be mistaken, but I thought it got a bad name back when we were all trying to lower the amount of cholesterol we ate. Back then it, and other tropical oils got blamed for cholesterol, with no research, simply because they were solid at room temperature and presumed to be high in cholesterol.
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it may be natural but is certainly not good for you.
I think the jury is still out on that one, studies are showing that it may be a lot better for you than previously believed.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:21 PM   #25
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it may be natural but is certainly not good for you.
No fat is really good for you! Coconut oil is being researched a bunch right now. They seem to think its actually got a LOT of health benefits. Give it a Google babe.
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No fat is really good for you! Coconut oil is being researched a bunch right now. They seem to think its actually got a LOT of health benefits. Give it a Google babe.
i did alix, and being researched is right. no real answers that i could see. one said it is on the list of never eat items. is coconut palm oil the same? that seems to me that was the big no no.
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I'm not sure if they are the same. I checked a few sites, and one of the more reputable sites (a university research) indicates that it is actually quite healthy for you. I don't think any of the studies are definitive yet though. I was looking for the information from a few years ago, and I think that it was mostly to do with the theater popcorn. I'm still researching.

I've never seen it in solid form, and I've always been pretty satisfied with lard as my pastry fat. I think I will look for it though and give it a try.
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Seems that some cultures ate large amounts of coconut and coconut oil with a low instance of heart disease.

I think that we still have a lot to learn about food. Many other plant based fats such as olive oil and the fat in avacados are very healthy, maybe coconut oil will be the next healthy oil.
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Thats what the current research trend is showing. There is even some information on how it affects viruses.
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Nearly 50% of the fatty acid in natural coconut oil is lauric acid, which converts to the fatty acid monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has adverse effects on a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. It [monolaurin] destroys the lipid membrane of such enveloped viruses as HIV, measles, Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), influenza and cytomegalovirus (CMV). The usefulness lauric acid/monolaurin in treating AIDS is currently under investigation. Lauric acid is a main component of human breast milk and helps protect children from illness during infancy. Capric acid, which comprises another 7% of coconut oil fat content, also stimulates anti-microbial activity.
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and it makes great popcorn!
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