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    Ok, I know this has probably been addressed in some form, so at best perhaps I can be redirected somewhere. My concern is with the amount of coconut oil that I am cooking with. It is basically my only oil. I do have white camellia oil and olive oil, but they are both expensive and I use them on my body not to eat with
    Should I be concerned that I am only cooking with saturated fat, instead of mixing it up with some mono and unsaturated oils. Like I said I am new so please be gentle
    You don't have to be sick to get well

  • #2
    I use macadamia nut oil. It's low in polyunsaturated fats, doesn't break down at higher temperatures, and has a fairly neutral taste. You don't want to overdo it since it does have Omega 6's, so keep your omega balancing in check.

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    • #3
      Another question about coconut oil-- what kind is the best to get? Not brand, but process? Cold pressed virgin, extruded, etc. Then after process what brand do you recommend. I recently came across a wealth of varied brands and want to choose the best one on the next shopping trip.
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      • #4
        I really love Tropical Traditions or Nutiva

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        • #5
          I love nutiva. LOVE. I had some spectrum, but I really hated the flavor. the nutiva is delicious though!

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          • #6
            2 votes for Nutiva. I saw one that was in a black canister, and had some old guy on it. Can't remember the name. What qualities should I look for? Cold pressed? Extruded? Virgin?
            --Trish (Bork)
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            • #7
              I'm absolutely sold on Tropical Traditions. I have both their Expeller Pressed and Gold Label- that's like polar opposite ends of the spectrum.

              The expeller pressed I use for my skin, and to cook things I don't want having a coconutty flavor. The Gold Label is for coffee, treats, veggies and that sort of thing. I think I used 5 tbsp of the stuff today between all my meals- lol.

              I also love TT because they have amazing sale prices. It's an absolute steal compared to my local grocery.

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              • #8
                http://www.iherb.com/Nutiva-Organic-...32-g/7311?at=0
                (if you end up ordering from there, put in code NAB403 as your referral code for $5 off)

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                • #9
                  I don't much love the coconut taste so I have Spectrum Refined ... it doesn't even smell of coconut so idk how good for you it is but I prefer it for the clear taste.
                  I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                  • #10
                    A third endorsement for the Nutiva Extra Virgin that moonblaze linked to above. Love the flavor. This is what I choose when I want coconut flavor in recipes or to eat straight off the spoon. I also have tropical traditions extra virgin gold label and expellar pressed oils. The expellar pressed is far cheaper than the gold label and lacks the coconut taste. The texture is not as creamy smooth either, for some reason. I use it mostly when i'm using a recipe that calls for a lot of oil, cuz i'm kind of cheap like that. The Extra Virgin Gold Label from TT is not my favorite... the jar I purchased had a strange almost fermented flavor which I had a hard time with. I still use it, just because I can't bear to throw something that valuable away, but I only use it in recipes with a lot of cocoa, so it masks the flavor. I would recommend anyone who buys the TT gold label to buy a small bottle for a first order, just in case you object to the flavor like I did.
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                    Oct 2009: 205 lbs
                    Dec 2010: 167 lbs
                    Current weight: 158 lbs (first time under 160 in 17 years!!!)
                    Goal weight: 145 lbs

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                    • #11
                      Cold pressed, unrefined oil is clearly better for you. In addition to all the flavour, it has many micronutrients

                      Refining the oil to remove the strong flavour also removes many micronutrients. The macros are still basically the same, but its not as good for you
                      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                        The Gold Label is for coffee,
                        You put coconut oil in your coffee???
                        Is that right?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gunn parker View Post
                          You put coconut oil in your coffee???
                          Is that right?
                          Yes, occasionally. I use coconut milk, but sometimes I put in a little CO too- yesterday for example. Ran out of the house, no time for breakfast. Plopped a tablespoon into my coffee for some extra fat to hold me over til lunch. It's quite tasty.

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                          • #14
                            Ok, so much to learn and to taste
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                            • #15
                              I like the taste of coconut, so I will keep my eyes peeled for Nutiva or TT. Thanks, guys! Can't wait for hubs to get paid on Friday so I can get some more CO.
                              --Trish (Bork)
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