8/7/17 – coconut oil

Coconut Oil:

Healthy or Not?

 

Fun Fact:  There are no studies showing that coconut oil causes heart disease, but there are studies showing that low-fat diets cause heart disease.

Fun Fact II:  We need cholesterol and saturated fat for the health of every cell membrane, for your brain cells, your sex hormones, and more.

Fun Fact III:  Breast milk contains 24% saturated fat.

 

Do we need saturated fats?

  • Yes!  It’s important to get some saturated fats in the diet (4 – 7% of calories).
  • Saturated fats prevent your cholesterol molecules from oxidizing; oxidized cholesterol is what causes heart attacks!
  • Get your saturated fats from whole foods, including the following:
    • coconut oil
    • olives
    • nuts and seeds

 

Benefits of coconut oil:

  • raises HDL (the good cholesterol)
  • improves the quality, size, and type of cholesterol
  • lowers total cholesterol to HDL ratio
  • contains MCT oil (boosts metabolism)
  • reverses insulin resistance
  • improves cognitive function
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-microbial
  • contains lauric acid (great for immune function)

 

Higher smoke point = better for cooking

  • The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil starts to smoke, and harmful products of oxidation form.
  • Although unrefined coconut oil is healthier, it should not be used in cooking.  (Its little particles lower the smoke point to 350 degrees.)
  • Refined coconut oil: 450 degrees smoke point

 

Rancid?

  • Oils start to break down as soon as they’re opened.
  • Refrigerate/freeze coconut oil after opening.
  • Unopened oils will last 6 months to a year before going rancid.
  • Rancid means the chemical decomposition of oil that produces bad flavors, odors, and a harmful breakdown of products which can be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and genotoxic (toxic to DNA).

 

Hot Tips:

  • Use white wine, water, or a broth when frying.  At the end of the cooking, add a little oil for flavor.
  • Put a teaspoon of coconut oil in some hot cocoa.
  • Put a small amount of oil you’ll be using that week in a different container for easy access.  (Keep the rest in the refrigerator or freezer.)

 

Tomorrow:

Can cacao help prevent depression?

 

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3 thoughts on “8/7/17 – coconut oil

  1. Hey, I’d love to know about more uses for coconut oil. Is it not usable as a butter substitute, then, when frying things? Also, any suggestions for masking the sweetness of coconut oil? I don’t really use it for that reason — I don’t generally like the taste of coconut!

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  2. You can use it to fry things, but it has to be refined. Unrefined coconut oil won’t work. To mask the taste, add spices! You can add cayenne. Sometimes, I add garlic and oregano and turmeric. It’s all a matter of what tastes good to you. Great questions! 🙂

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