Friday, May 26, 2006

How did Coconut Oil get such a bad rap?

Why does coconut oil have a terrible stigma in our minds? I read something very interesting that tied it all back to economics. Years ago it was bad mouthing by the soy and corn industries that promulgated the idea that "coconut oil is evil." A few publicity campaigns fueled by bad information made coconut oil seemingly extinct from our diets.

It seems that at some point in time we turned away from coconut oil and toward trans fatty acids. Now there is a lot of publicity about trans fatty acids along with new labeling requirements going into effect this year. However, while we admonish trans fatty acids, we still don't welcome coconut oil. Why is that? The health benefits are everywhere. Yet we still turn away from this good saturated fat. Hmmm. Is our thinking that guided by publicity? Right or wrong?

Monday, May 22, 2006

Coconut Oil and Aids - Wow!!

Wow, I continue to research and find great information about coconut oil! Even if you wanted nothing to do with coconut oil -- you simply can not refute all the evidence highlighting its benefits.

Evidence shows that regular consumption of coconut oil helps to normalize the body lipids. This is important because it has antiviral and antimicrobial health benefits. Coconut oil functions by disrupting the lipid membranes of the disease (AIDS, Measles and Herpes are affected the same way by coconut oil). Therefore the diseases can not continue functioning. This is a simplification of a complex process but the results are astounding.

It begs the question of why we are so worried about the calories in coconut oil when the benefits are so amazing?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Okay, I am back on the coconut oil bandwagon!

Did you know that coconut oil will not promote heart disease nor will it increase cholesterol or cause weight gain! Coconut oil does reduce weight, the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also promotes healthy metabolic function and nutrient absorption.

If coconut oil will do all of this, why is it so hard for us to believe that it is true? I recently had bloodwork done and I was stunned by the quality of my blood. I have never been so low on everything...especially the different types of cholesterol. It was very impressive and the only change I made was taking 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily.

However, despite all of this, I still have a hard time talking my friends into even trying this wonder product. They all give me the hairy eyeball. Hmmm.

Happy Health!

Monday, May 15, 2006

More on coconut oil and weight loss

Okay, I have had and interesting dilemma lately. I am an avid beleiver of the power of coconut oil and very much require the energy I get from taking coconut oil. That said, I have noticed a very interesting change in my body.

I have been taking 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day for the last 2 months. Coincidentially I have been on the worse side of the scale for about six months (I seem to have forgotten all of my good quality eating habits and I am opting for poor quality food choices instead).

So what I am about to share could be because of the fattening food or the coconut oil...I am getting flabby. My arms are flabby and my thighs are larger than they have been for several years. Hmmm.

I believe in how coconut oil works and the quality of the oil. I am hoping that the giggly stuff is the result of my poor eating.

I would hate to give up coconut oil!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Not everything is good with coconut oil

I am the biggest fan of coconut oil. Ask anyone. However, I have found one flaw with it.

I cooked a big breakfast this weekend for my family. Instead of using Pam or butter, I fried the hash browns in coconut oil. Two things happened:

- the hash browns had a sweet, tropical flavor which really did not go well with the hash brown flavor
- the whole house stunk for 24 hours (at least) like a cheap diner

It was awful, I had to use candles and lots of open windows and the smell is still not gone. I am not sure that I will fry in coconut oil again (regardless of how good it is for me). Hmmm.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Another interesting benefit from Coconut Oil!

I have been taking coconut oil religiously for about 6-8 weeks. I had trouble tolerating coconut oil for the first several weeks (I was outrageously gasy). To the point that I almost stopped for a week or so. However, I was addicted to the energy it gave me so I decided to give it another try.

When I restarted the coconut oil I reduced the amount from 1 tablespoon a serving to 1 teaspoon. This seemed to solve the problem. I now am back up to 1 tablespoon as I know that I need to consume more.

Well, guess what? This month when menstrual period started I had no hideous pains leading up to it. Last month I noticed a big difference but once I ramped up my coconut oil intake, this month the awful, gut-wrenching pains were barely present. Wow!

If this stuff gets rid of cellulite, it will be the be all, end all!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Coconut oil and fat!

There is a huge misconception that coconut oil makes you fat. Weight loss is such a prominent issue (at least it is with me) that we just can't believe it could possibly be true. I can't tell you how many people raise up their eyebrows at me when I mention coconut oil.

Other oils will make you fat with regular consumption. Coconut oil will not. Why? Coconut oil is quickly turned into energy and therefore it does not get stored in your fat cells. It is a saturated fat but the difference is in the chemical makeup of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids. The other fattening and artery-clogging oils are made up of Long Chain Fatty Acids. The smaller chain allows coconut oil to be absorbed quicker and converted to energy more efficiently.

Taking coconut oil (just a few tablespoons a day divided up) is a great way to stay lean and healthy.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Coconut oil -- take the plunge to amazing vitality!

Over the course of the last several days I have felt as if I had a cold or the flu. We were having company last night so I rested all afternoon to prep for festive hosting. When I started getting ready for our party, I had a tablespoon of organic coconut oil before I jumped in the shower in the hopes that it would revive me enough to make until the party ended around 10 p.m.

I was so shocked to find an amazing energy level all night (not to mention a keen alertness - could this coconut oil be magic?). When we said goodbye to our company at 2:15 a.m., I wasn't sluggish at all. I also have Multiple Sclerosis which saps my energy. I was delighted at my evening and my newfound source of vitality - sans caffeine.

Coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids which are metabolized into energy by the liver. So fire up that metabolism with the energy you gain from coconut oil! All of that excess energy may just cause you to lose a few pounds!!

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