There is oil you pump from underground, from under the ocean and out of shale rocks….. Let’s just say that kind of oil is used by industry for running machinery, heating homes, fuelling your car etc.
There is oil that is extracted from various plants and nuts and used predominantly for cooking. An example of this type of oil is Corn Oil, Olive Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Canola Oil, Safflower Oil and Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil and Walnut Oil. Of course there are many other types of edible oils that would fall into this category.
Most people would be aware of the health benefits of eating fish. On the average, people would not however consume enough oily fish each week to provide them with the requisite amounts necessary –to balance their Omega 3-6-9 ratio. So we can buy in the local pharmacy, grocery store, health food outlet, any number and type of supplementary oil capsules – or nicely flavoured liquid oil supplements.
There is one type of oil I am yet to mention. I decided to leave it to the last, because there is a lot of dis-information flying around about it, and that causes confusion in people’s minds. Let me first say that I do know there are many types of cooking oils I have not mentioned. There are also cooking fats, such as lard, butter, ghee, suet, copha, margarine etc., etc. I am not ignorant of them – just want to get on with the story here.
In general the term “fats” generally refers to substances that (are) solid at room temperature and that are used as a cooking medium for other foods, as flavouring, a binding agent, an emulsifier, or a preserving agent. These fats can be of animal origin (butter, pork fat or lard, beef fat, suet, goose fat), of vegetable origin (vegetable fat, most margarines and spreads) or in the form of shortening, a fatty substance made from several vegetable oils to which animal fats are sometimes added and which is solidified by a process called hydrogenation.
OK, so now to the one not yet mentioned – Coconut Oil. I am not referring to Copha which is a form of vegetable shortening made from hydrogenated coconut oil. It is 100% fat, at least 98% of which is saturated. It also contains Soya Bean Lecithin. It is popular in Australia where it is used in many foods for children, such as chocolate crackles, made from Rice Bubbles, copha, and cocoa powder. Copha is only produced in Australia, but there are many suppliers of hydrogenated coconut fat in various forms worldwide. In New Zealand, it is marketed as Kremelta. In the United States and Europe it is not easily available.
What I am writing about here is COCONUT OIL, also known as COCONUT BUTTER, (in particular – VCO – Virgin Coconut Oil) which under a certain temperature (76 degrees F – 24 degrees C) is solid just like lard is – and therein lies the problem for many people. People have learned, due to immense advertising campaigns in the media and health arena, that FAT (as in animal fat) is bad for you. Animal fat is solid at room temperature (remember the lard), therefore when they see that lovely white lump of rich and creamy coconut oil, they immediately think it must be avoided like the plague. For some sad reason some folks imagine the hard fats remaining hard when they enter the human body for digestion – and clogging up the arteries.
People seem to forget that these fats, whether they be of animal origin or from the humble delicious coconut – have to go through a process of digestion, where they are attacked with stomach acid and multiple enzymes, which break them down into useable components, such as vitamins and minerals necessary for the body’s overall health.
Of course once the room temperature rises above 25 degrees Celsius, coconut oil begins to melt, and it can be poured into and onto other ingredients. BUT WAIT ONE MOMENT – that fact does not seem to compute in most people’s minds – to making it a healthier fat does it? I myself wondered why that is. For some reason many people still regard coconut oil as one of the BAD ONES!
Those who are regular readers of my blogs will know that I do not subscribe to the “fat is bad for you” mantra proselytized widely in health and Government circles. Could that mantra have anything to do with the Vegetable Oil Industry and their influence on our Governments – money does talk after all!
I rather like this quote from George Bernard Shore:
“No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.”(Link)
An article in theNew York Times recently told us: The last time I checked, coconut oil was supposed to be the devil himself in liquid form, with more poisonous artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack-causing saturated fat than butter, lard or beef tallow. (But there it was, on sale at the health food store)
Virgin Coconut Oil has been exonerated folks – it is healthy and life giving, nutritious and tasty. I don’t expect that to make headlines in your next bulletin from your healthcare provider, but it is true!
Bruce Fife, CN, ND, is quite an authority on the benefits of coconut oil. I do encourage you to look him up on Google and read his research. In one article I recently read he had this to say:
I discovered why coconut oil, in one form or another was used in hospital and baby formulas and why it was recommended for those with digestive problems. I discovered it had many important nutritional and medical applications. I also learned that there was no truth in the belief that coconut oil causes or even contributes to heart disease. In fact, I learned that if you want to protect yourself from heart disease you should be using coconut oil.
There is a wealth of information just waiting for you to discover. Follow these links and learn for yourself, and remember to always do your own research, so as not to fall into the trap of – being led by the nose – by those in authority over you. You placed ‘them’ into that position of authority; they should be working for you, doing the best they can on your behalf. You put them in there; you can also take them out IF they are not being open, honest and above board on your behalf. How a PR Campaign Led to Unhealthy Diets
Test Results Suggest Virgin Coconut Oil Has Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, and Antipyretic Properties Research Studies
And the dangers of Coconuts?
Well yes there are some:
The biggest danger associated with coconut is neurological damage. Coconut is one of the safest foods you can eat, it hypoallergenic and has no harmful side effects. However, there is one caution you should be aware of especially if you live where coconuts are plentiful. Those people who live in the coconut growing regions of the world have a much higher incidence of coconut induced brain injuries. This is a fact. Doctors agree that the greatest harm a coconut can do to you is fall on your head. It has been reported that despite its superior nutritional qualities, a hard heavy coconut can deliver a powerful impact when dropped from a 100 foot tree. A single coconut can deliver one metric tonne of force. That’s enough power to dent even the hardest skull.
Till next time, be as well as you can, and follow these links for more information on the healthy properties of Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil & Fibromyalgia