What is the big deal with coconut oil? Is it high in Omega 3 or something?.. Also what is good about the MCT's?
The oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, has a high smoke point, is stable at room temp, and the good stuff has a mild, neutral flavor, so from a practical and health standpoint it is a great cooking fat.
It is full of Medium-Chain Triglycerides, which I find easy to digest and which suppresses my appetite (in a good way) and gives me energy for hours. I would not eat a stick of butter, but would have a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, i mix it with hot water, turmeric and cinnamon for a dessert.
Coconut oul gets a really bad rap from "big agra" companies and their lobbyists who seem to think it is a cheaper, healthier, more versatile threat to their business (i agree on all counts). This leads to other groups like WAPF giving it glowing reviews which i find a little overstated but interesting.
If you have ever had "extra virgin" oil from a place like Tropical Traditions, it is so much better than some of the chemical-produced stuff that you'll have a whole new perspective on it (I did).
I has virtually no omega 3. It's almost 100% pure saturated. My bottle says a serving is 14g and of that 13g is saturated and <0.5 is polyunsaturated.
The two big thing about coconut oil that I like:
1 - It's saturated, that means it's super temperature stable, you can use it in just about all cooking without worrying about oxidation.
2 - the fact that it's primarily a MCT means that it bypasses most of the lipid digestion that happens in your body and goes directly to your mitochondria for fuel. It's a great source of energy.
There are lots of other good things, but those are my two favorites.
The best answer is...what's bad about it?
Almost everything else in the Paleo/Primal world, someone has complaints about. Outside of someone being allergic to coconut (this can apply to anything) or it making someone constantly have to go #2 (this is likely due to a bad digestive system as most who complain of this are just starting CO), I haven't seen any other complaints.
The benefits and stories from what CO has done for people are endless...
Can someone please explain how Coconut Oil, especially in the form it is supplied in today, could have been consumed by our pre-agricultural ancestors? Aside from being a plant oil (with all the secondary metabolites & toxins that plants produce) it is full of hideous-sounding synthetic enzymes and other crap.
Lauric acid is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. MCTs are easier to digest fats, they dont require bile. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, so doesnt oxidise.
Coconut flour however is mostly fibre and it does a number on my digestion, I avoid that.
I don't know, but I can think of one good thing about it: a lot of people can't afford meat from good, healthy sources. Since toxins accumulate in fat, some people choose to eat lean meats (to avoid those toxins), while getting their saturated fat from coconut oil instead.
Also I think many Paleo people still have it in their mind that fats from vegetable sources are better for you than animal fat. Not true...
The big deal about coconut oil is partly due to its versatility in my opinion.
You can cook with it, eat it by the spoonful, use it to moisturize your skin, sooth an upset tummy, and it tastes great.
Sure, there's lots of technical data, but that is not my expertise. I just love the stuff and love knowing it's not likely to do me harm.
It has the ability to suppress appetite. Some of the members here claim that 1 tbsp in their coffee blunts their hunger throughout the day. Plus it has a slight sweet taste. That's why all the VLC & ZC worship it. Then there are the people that over due things in the name of health ex. Bacon wrapped coconut flour crusted lamb fried in coconut oil.:
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