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Coconut oil consumption better for skin than other oils/fats?

by (768) Updated August 26, 2014 at 2:10 AM Created December 15, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Has anyone else noticed that nothing really compares to eating coconut oil when it comes to skin health, glow and much-reduced acne? I didn't have the same experience with butter, ghee, and animal fats. (Aren't they all saturated fats?)

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20469 · December 15, 2010 at 4:09 AM

All the fat sources are actually cocktails of different percentages and types of fats. For instance, ghee is about 65% saturated fat and 25% monounsaturated fat with about 5% PUFA. Its saturated fat is primarily short chain fatty acids and it contains 3% linoleic acid. Beef fat is beef fat is made up of about 50% saturated fatty acids (25% palmitic acid, 22% stearic acid and others), 40% monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid, the main fatty acid in olive oil), and the rest is PUFA (linoleic and linolenic). Chicken fat is about 70% unsaturated. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is about 92% saturated fat and is mostly medium chain fatty acids. Coconut is the most saturated by far plus has it's own unique ingredients.

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85 · November 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Personally I've had this experience. Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties especially in the extra virgin form which go beyond the macronutrient content.

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15831 · December 15, 2010 at 6:20 PM

also, after years of copiously consuming coconut oil, i have this winter just finally started applying a bit of coconut oil to dry skin patches on my heels. Very good i'd say. Eat it and spread it around! (careful though, you only need a little little bit. also, itll stain clothes, bed sheets, etc.)

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