Monday, February 19, 2007

Coconut Oil - More Than The Average Saturated Fat
by: Sherri L Dodd

I found this article about coconut oil interesting so I thought I'd share it with you!

Origin: Southeast Asia, South America, New Zealand and India
Description: Known as Sanskrit “the tree which provides all the necessities of life”, the Coconut Palm yields 50-75 coconuts per year and not a part of it goes unused. Coconut water contains sugars, fiber, protein, anti-oxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals. The sap from cutting the flowers from the tree is used to make a drink called “toddy”.

The fibrous husk from the tree, the coir, is used in many things including ropes, mats, brushes and potting soil. If you no longer need a coconut tree, the apical bud of an adult tree can be eaten as “palm-cabbage”, and the “heart of the palm” is a delicacy in gourmet salads. The ‘no longer’ clause due to consuming these will kill the tree. And of course, there is the white meat of the nut that can be eaten directly or used to make coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut oil of which we will focus today.

Benefits: Researchers have increasingly revisited the health benefits of coconut oil. The findings have associated it with many healthful benefits starting with weight loss due to the medium length of the fatty acid chains (aka MCT’s). Though it is considered a saturated fat, coconut oil is a different structure from the notorious saturated animal fats, and even offers benefits not available in the longer chained plant oils. The medium length of the coconut's fatty acid chain enables rapid breakdown in digestion as well as ease of use when burned for energy.

These same MCT’s, along with monoglycerides, are found primarily in coconut oil and breast milk and contribute toward well-being, which includes a role in thyroid health. It has tested well in helping prevent hypothyroidism due to its evasion of rancidity. Studies show that rancidity is harmful to the thyroid as well as many cells throughout the body. (The plant oils used by mainstream food manufacturers have a high propensity toward rancidity and must be processed through hydrogenation into trans-fatty acids.)

Another benefit of using coconut oil is that it supports the suppression of Candida (aka, yeast) in the digestive system. While yeast commonly inhabits your digestive system, it is kept controlled due to the body’s presence of probiotics (aka “good” bacteria). In the event the person starts taking antibiotics, prescription medications, birth control pills or maintains a poor diet and experiences daily stress, Candida yeast begins to fiercely outnumber the good bacteria, causing evidence of infection. Also, digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease and IBS can have positive results from one consuming coconut oil. The MCTs will not only be easily digested, but will also assist in the absorption of the nutrients from other foods.

Information found at http://www.coconut-info.net and http://en.wikipedia.org

About The Authornot a part of it goes unused. Coconut water contains sugars, fiber, protein, anti-oxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals. The sap from cutting the flowers from the tree is used to make a drink called “toddy”. The fibrous husk from the tree, the coir, is used in many things including ropes, mats, brushes and potting soil. If you no longer need a coconut tree, the apical bud of an adult tree can be eaten as “palm-cabbage”, and the “heart of the palm” is a delicacy in gourmet salads. The ‘no longer’ clause due to consuming these will kill the tree.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Coconut Oil -- What is the best kind to buy?

Your want to make sure your coconut oil has the healthiest attributes. Buy coconut oil that has the following claims on the packaging:

- not refined
- has not been bleached
- has not been hydrogenated
- is non-GMO
- is certified organic
- is not derived from any sort of hybrid
- had not been deordorized any any way
- is cold pressed
- has no chemicals
- and is made from fresh coconuts

Consider your coconut oil to be a health tonic that you want as pure and undoctored as possible. I tend to buy unrefined, virgin coconut oil that has not been processed in any way.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Coconut Oil and Fighting Diabetes

More and more Americans are suffering from Diabetes. The great news is that coconut oil can help with how we deal with Diabetes. Coconut oil impacts blood sugar levels which often swing wildly based on the food eaten. Unfortunately, we have such poor quality diets in the U.S. as well as a proliferation of poor quality food.

Diabetics are often required to take their blood sugar levels regularly. When blood sugar levels spike (due to eating the wrong foods), a dose of medication is often the solution to help regulate blood sugar levels. Some people have opted not to take medication and to instead take 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. The coconut oil acts as a blood sugar regulator acting in as little as 30 minutes to bring blood sugar levels back done to appropriate levels.

Another way to utilize coconut oil to help manage Diabetes is to replace polyunsaturated vegetable oils in the diet with pure, extra virgin coconut oil. In 1998 there was a study done on precisely this idea in India. Researchers measured the implications of replacing a diet rich in coconut oil with polyunsaturated vegetable fats. The researchers found that diatbetes rates that had previously been nonexistant shot up almost immediately.

The western diet can sure learn a lot from other cultures!

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