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CocoNOT Oil

June 21, 2017

 

The American Heart Association just released a study, showing that coconut oil may not be the health food we thought it was.

Touted to be the wonder oil purported to soften skin and hair, possess antibactierial properties and help us lose weight, coconut oil is being reconsidered as a coco-NOT.

The new study shows that the high saturated fat content of the oil raises LDL cholesterol  and contributes to heart disease. Experts believed that the saturated fat in virgin coconut oil reacts differently in the body than that of animal sources, but there is now evidence to the contrary.

Just as a point of reference, coconut oil contains a whopping 82% saturated fat, much higher than butter ( 63%) and beef fat, (50%). So while the ADA doesn’t dispute the other qualities that make the oil healthy, they equate the high saturated fat content with health risks far greater than the benefits.

The recommended consumption for saturated fats is about 5-6% of your daily calorie intake, which equates to somewhere around 120 calories, based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Other plant based fats, such as canola, sunflower seed and olive oil are shown to be much healthier choices. But before you toss that jar of coconut oil, you may want to continue to use it for hair and skincare, as well as dental care, and antifungal wound care.

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Fat Water

August 13, 2015

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It seems that there are as many fads in the healthy food arena as there are in fashion. The latest introduction to the energy drink forum is Fat Water. Yep, you read that right. FAT WATER!

Created by Dave Asprey, who brought us bulletproof coffee (adding grassfed butter and coconut oil to your morning coffee) is now touting the benefits of his coconut oil infused water. Using his proprietary blend of XCT coconut oil, Asprey contends that the drink will give you energy, help you lose weight, and make you feel great. Sounds good, right?

Asprey states that the visable fat droplets help with the absorbtion of the water, therefore hydrating and giving you an energy boost. His XCT oil is reputed to provide a “metabolic pathway to burn fat instead of storing it, giving your body the clean, high quality fuel it needs and nothing else.”

Some experts are debunking the idea that adding fat to water has any health benefits, or aids in the absorbtion of the water.  While fat is no longer demonized by the nutritional community, drinking it is a questionable practice. Bulletproof coffee has its share of expert doubters, and an equally large share of proponents, who claim they feel great, have sharper mental acuity, and feel full for hours, allowing them to eat less and ultimately lose weight.
As for Fat Water, I think I will stick to my reusable bottle filled with filtered H2O and save myself the $3.95 plastic bottle of water, fat, and artificial sweeteners until further notice.

Photo via Bulletproof

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Like White on Rice

March 27, 2015

 

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A scientist from Sri Lanka has discovered a way to drastically reduce the calories in white rice, through a cooking technique.

Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah and his student Sudhair James claim that adding coconut oil to the cooking water can alter the digestable starchy components of rice, resulting in a significant reduction in calories.

Apparently, the oil reacts with the starch in the rice, changing its structure. Chilling the rice helps foster the conversion of the starches, which remains even when the rice is reheated.

We don’t know if the technique really works or not, but it certainly is worth a try.

The experts suggest adding 3% of the weight of the rice in coconut oil to the boiling water before adding the rice. Once the rice is cooked, it can be chilled to further the process of converting the starches.
Rice made in advance can be reheated, without affecting the results.

Future studies with bread are underway.

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Whatever Sticks

December 30, 2014

Lately, we have been dealing with some pretty sticky situations; hello marshmallow making! When working with sticky ingredients, such as honey, syrups or molasses, try lightly oiling your hands and utensils to make things a little less gluey. Make sure you use a neutral tasting oil such as canola, sunflower or even a squirt of cooking spray so that you don’t add unwanted flavors to your food.

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Coconut oil also makes a great lubricant for dishpan hands, and is pure enough that it won’t taint the food you are preparing, as a regular lotion might. Go ahead and slather up to keep your hands and your food stick free.

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Salt of the Earth

September 3, 2012

I was recently in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where several fish restaurants featured a salt scrub in the restrooms, designed to disinfect your hands, as well as soften your skin, and remove any strong fishy smell. The results were spectacular.

It is easy to make your own salt scrub out of natural ingredients for a fraction of the $25 price tag on the restaurant versions.

Exfoliating Salt Scrub:

Place 1 cup of coarse sea salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly stir in about 2 cups of pure coconut oil until the mixture is thick but spreadable. If you wish to add a scented essential oil, you can mix in 5-10 drops at this time.

Pour into a glass mason jar and use as needed on hands and body. Your skin will be exfoliated and soft to the touch.

Enjoy!

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