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Date: 12/26/13 10:55 PM

I have been using coconut oil increasingly in my cooking due to allergies & concerns with GMOs. Today I ran into a big warehouse store and notice you can take it in pill form. This made me curious so I picked up the book "Coconut Oil Miracle". It has some interesting food for thought. Does anyone out there use it, know anything, recommend a book or website or any personal use or comments on coconut oil use. Is it as good as what they are saying?

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Date: 12/26/13 11:22 PM

I'm curious about the responses you will receive. I cook with walnut oil quite a bit. (Very small amount spread in pan with silicone brush.) Was incorporating coconut oil and slacked off after an interesting experience indicating I need to do more research.

Was fine with the tiny amounts in cooking. I'm a popcorn fanatic and picked up a bag of popcorn at Costco with only coconut oil and light salt. Ate it and the scale went up Odd, I don't normally have a problem with popcorn. Two or three months later, tried again - same results. Another customer and I chatted about this a couple of months later, while looking longingly at the display. She mentioned something that rang some bells....something about high heat altering the coconut oil. Possibly it goes from good to bad when exposed to very high temperatures.

It's on my 'to google' list to find out if high heat has an adverse effect on coconut oil.

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Date: 12/26/13 11:24 PM

I use a lot of coconut oil. I'd like to hope it's as good as they say, but then every new fad that comes out is a "miracle" but soon forgotten.

I've never seen it in a pill form though. That'd be kind of weird.

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Date: 12/27/13 1:22 AM

i don't cook with it, I moisturise with it. The skin on my face is smoother and brighter looking since I switched to it. Depending on the season I blend it with some olive oil. I have very dry skin and the oil really does help keep it hydrated. (JMO)

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Date: 12/27/13 6:56 AM

I use pure, virgin, hand-processed coconut oil everyday. Eat it straight from the jar, for cooking, in my hair, as my moisturizer-you name it. Love it! Why bother using the pill imo? It just tastes so darn good straight from the container. In my case, I buy it by the gallon.

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Date: 12/27/13 7:52 AM

I use coconut oil in almost everything. It is, however, a medium heat oil. It doesn't do well at high temps. I sub it for olive oil, even butter. It makes things taste SO fresh and light! I make my own popcorn with coconut oil, and I use it on my hands. You can make a face wash with brown sugar and coconut oil, but my skin is too oily for that. My cat loves the taste of it, and my parents use it both in their greyhound's food as well as on her skin (she had bald spots on her back and legs from how much time she had spent in a crate.)

I find the weight thing curious, the weight thing. My Mister has gained some weight since we moved in together (his weight has been in flux the last two years) and I am curious if coconut oil has anything to do with it. Maybe I will try switching back to olive oil for some time and see what happens to him.

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Date: 12/27/13 8:15 AM

Coconut oil was very common in food way back in the early 70's. Dinosaurs have memories, ya know! It was in shortening, potato chips, and even a fake milk (long before creamers). It was taken off the market due it its high LDL content and the ability to create cholesterol problems. Then olive oil became more well known. Coconut oil doesn't break down well in the system, hence its LDL quality.

I wouldn't take this orally but would only use it on my skin and hair.

If you're concerned about GMO's (oh and I wrote a paper about those!!), I suggest you try safflower oil or olive oil. You can also buy an organic flax seed oil.

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Date: 12/27/13 8:39 AM

Saw in our new Cosco Huge jars of it and wondered how you would ever use that up--now I know! I think the Yorkie could use some for dry winter fur too.....

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Date: 12/27/13 2:37 PM

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It was taken off the market due it its high LDL content and the ability to create cholesterol problems.

That was partially hydrogenated coconut oil that was bad.

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Date: 12/27/13 3:26 PM

I use unrefined, virgin coconut oil for hair and skin - fairly dry skin (especially in the looooong, cold, dry MN winter) and curly hair is usually drier hair.

So my hair needs oils and the coconut oil is SO light!!!

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