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Monday, September 5, 2011

Product Review: Coconut Oil

I was first exposed to Coconut Oil nearly two years ago, but I've resisted trying it until recently. Jorge Cruise recommends it on the Belly Fat Cure as a good source of fat on a low carb diet. Many refer to it as a "magic oil" and claim that it makes you feel more full and satiated. It also contains a high percentage of lauric acid and has antibacterial properties that may help your digestive health and prevent things like the common cold.

The first time I tried coconut oil I spread it atop a sprouted flaxseed bread, as you would butter. I thought it was fabulous and it had a distinct creamy coconut flavor. I was having trouble figuring out how to get coconut everyday, until I came across a posting by Diabetes Warrior where he suggests adding it to your morning coffee. That sounds gross, but after a few days I gave it a try and now LOVE it! After a week of it, I don't really notice it You should choose an unrefined and organic coconut oil to get the most benefits. It can also be used in cooking, but check the packaging for temperature limitations. (Just a note on Diabetes Warrior, he has reversed his Type II Diabetes and lost 70 lbs and is insulin free! He challenged the conventional wisdom on his disease and weight loss and he is a SERIOUS Paleo dieter and I hope to do a Q&A with him soon.)


Still, the Vegan Husband is unwilling to use the Coconut Oil. I got him to try it and he said "Yuck" (really?) and then went on about the saturated fat. I'll keep working on him, but it has grown in popularity in Paleo and Primal diets and people are really starting to see it's benefits. Super Model Miranda Kerr also made recent news by naming coconut oil as her beauty secret. "Experts" were quick to jump all over that endorsement with pointing out its high calories (120 calories per tbs) and fat content. But we don't count calories or fat on a low carb diet and I'm not going to start now.

You will also hear more about Coconut Oil from with the Belly Fat Cure Fast Track plan, which is scheduled to be released in mid-September. If you are confused with all this talk about fat, then here is a short video where Jorge very quickly goes over fats and which oils to use. (* Sorry, it looks like Jorge has set many of his videos in his ASK JORGE on YouTube to PRIVATE. I'll leave the link, in case they set it back to public *)


I'm really looking forward to the addition of coconut oil in my diet. I am in maintenance mode of "dieting" now, but trust me when I say it is at least as difficult as the losing phases. Do you use coconut oil? Why or why not? I'm really curious how other dieters are using it, so please share!

16 comments:

  1. Coconut Oil is incredible. I use it in my green smoothies, I use it in my hair, I use it on my steamed veggies (with some sea salt - yum!), I use it on my skin, I use it in my raw desserts, I use it with nutritional yeast to season my popcorn, I use it as my heating oil to make my bacon, I use it all the time, everywhere, constantly. The stuff is a game changer:-)

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  2. Coconut products ARE indeed a game-changer. The medium chain fats bypass normal fat metabolism and are converted straight to energy. That's why you feel sooo good when you eat a lot of it. They are like avocados: pure fat and fiber, no sugar, and delicious. The only difference is that avocados do have some PUFAs in them, whereas coconut have abundant saturated fat in the form of those hard-to-get MCTs. One of the keys to a low-carb lifestyle.

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  3. I read a book several years ago about the benefits of coconut. I guess they were right! It makes my husband CRAZY that I use heavy cream and butter. He thinks it is like drinking fat. He can't argue with the results though:)
    I just might have to get some. I have seen it in several recipes lately.
    Keep going on maintenance Amber! I know that it is harder because no one ever really gives you all the "high 5's" they gave you on the weight loss! Everyone loves compliments!
    GREAT JOB AMBER!!!

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  4. KJ and Mike, thanks so much for our input! Missed your comments!

    Kay, you are such a sweetheart! Maintenance maybe isnt an everyday struggle, like losing. But it still is a struggle. I is easy most days, but when it is more difficult you dont have the motivation like you do when you are losing. My husband has the exact same issues!

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  5. I love coconut oil! In my hair. I've never actually used it for cooking... ;)

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  6. I've been so curious about coconut oil. Putting it in coffee sounds 'different', haha, but I trust you Amber. KJ if you could list more ways you use it I would appreciate it! thanks :)

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  7. I would also like to learn more about the coconut oil and the different ways to incorporate it into your diet. I've read really good things about how good it is for you.

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  8. I have used it in my coffee, in my eggs, put it in my oatmeal, put it in my cookies and breads, on the ends of my hair.

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  9. I tried it in my hair too! I am doing No-Poo, where I dont use shampoo any more and I went from oily hair to dry hair (who knew?). But the Coconut Oil was too much for me and I spent the wkend with my hair plastered to my head from so much grease!

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  10. Ok...I'd loke to know more about the No-Poo thing! I have super oily/straight hair.
    I've been thinking about using coconut oil. I like the multi-purposing of it too-something to think about!
    Thank you for your blog and helping us who are losing weight-and are looking forward to being at goal someday

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  11. ...I don't 'loke'...but would 'like'...HA

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  12. HI Amber. I have never tried coconut oil, but you have made me curioius. Please also do a post about your no-poo hair regimen. I tried it but couldn't last too long. My hair is colored to hide the gray and highlighted as well. It just felt yucky.

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  13. Okay, I will definitely post about No-Poo then! I think Ive been doing it for 3 months now and there is period where it is disgusting. But some days I do just think, what the heck am I doing this for?!

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  14. YES! I love coconut oil. I put some in my vanilla tea, cook eggs and chicken breast with it, and bake with it. LOVE IT!!!

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  15. When you use it in your hair, you really can't use a lot or you look like a greaseball. I just use enough to make the palms of my hands a little shiny and only spread it from chin length down. I usually use it on towel dried hair right after I shower, but sometimes I use it on dry hair like a smoothing serum. Okay I'm done hi-jacking your non-hair related post! Lol

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  16. I found a recipe on youtube for chocolate delight. It uses coconut oil, hersheys chocolate powder and stevia and vanilla. It tastes amazing. A good way to get your coconut oil in everyday and also like a treat. I used splenda in mine cause that is what I had. I didn't use as much chocolate because I don't like it too bitter.

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