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      01-24-2010, 02:03 PM   #5
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Kudos to the OP for using coconut oil for cooking. It is one of the best fats for that purpose.

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Originally Posted by memento View Post
there is no such thing as "good saturated fat". I would not use the coconut oil. The oil is almost pure saturated. Olive oil is 90% monounsatured. You could drink it and it would be healthy. Canola is closer to a 50% mix of polyunsaturated and monounsatured. That's still a good oil, but olive oil is better. Both are far better than coconut.
This is completely erroneous. Coconut oil is one of the best fats on the planet. It's saturated fat content is what makes it exceptional for cooking as its chemical structure will withstand high temperature without oxidizing (turning rancid). Ghee, butter, and palm oil are others that can withstand temperature. I encourage you to look at the research of Mary Enig and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Coconut oil also has anti-fungal/microbial properties (lauric acid), reduces triglycerides, improves thyroid function and lipid profiles, aides in weight loss, is exceptional for the skin and hair, and is great as a non-toxic sunscreen.

Olive oil is good to cook with when using low temperatures as it will oxidize under high heat.

Saturated fats DO NOT cause heart disease. The lipid hypothesis is based on junk science.
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