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Ok I think I understand the benefits. Read some articles on it but am lost. Which is normal I am one man that will admit he is lost long before it is evident. :D

It is mentioned here many times, I see it in peoples signature but I would be very interested in knowing how you all here use it. Is the stuff at the local grocery store the same as what is online along with; well many questions I guess.

I will sit back and read what you all have to say about it. I would like to know more.

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Well, Murph, no one else is responding today, so I guess I will.

I stir 1 T virgin cold-pressed CO into my coffee every morning. I also cook with it.

It has medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to be burned directly in the liver, as a sub for glucose ... and also are supposed to supply the brain with ketones.

Does that help any?
 

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I have tried several varieties of CO. I like the extra virgin Nutiva brand best. It has a slight coconut taste but tastes so good. I use it instead of olive oil. I stir fry veggies, fry my eggs in it. I melt it and add to baked goods. I even spread it on bran crackers with my almond butter. I know this is anecdotal but when I use it at every meal it seems it keeps my bgs stable. It also gives me a surge of energy for exercise. I know on the website it claims lots of anti viral and medicinal benefits. I'm not sure about all of those. The one thing I have learned it it is the only oil when heated does not oxidize. The oxidization of corn oils and even olive oils causes all those free radicals in your body which cause disease. I have been using it since the summer and most all of my body fat seems to have melted with a minimum amount of exercise. I had done yoga, pilates and hundreds of sit ups, planks and roll ups for years and my belly fat wouldn't budge. One of my trainers told me plastic surgery was the only thing to get rid of it in women my age. Well that jar of CO did it. I have found the cheapest place to buy it is on Amazon, Netrition.com or Swanson's vitamins.com
 
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The extra virgin Nutiva is what I have too, and I got it from Netrition. Think I need to make up a new order too . . . running low on several low-carb staples & some are hard to find out here in the hinterland . . . :(
 

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The extra virgin Nutiva is what I have too, and I got it from Netrition. Think I need to make up a new order too . . . running low on several low-carb staples & some are hard to find out here in the hinterland . . . :(
There is a special running on the Amazing marketplace -- I just bought 2 QUARTS on the cheap!
 

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And if you have to order it in, winter is the time to do it . . . one of my summer orders it got too warm & soaked through its seals, so I lay in a good supply while the weather's cold.
 

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I just purchased 15 oz on Netrition. I am a big spender ya know. :D:D I will have it in a couple of days an will start using it. If I like then I will buy the larger qty's.
 

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And if you have to order it in, winter is the time to do it . . . one of my summer orders it got too warm & soaked through its seals, so I lay in a good supply while the weather's cold.
YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I had two smaller bottles delivered in a plastic bag, and it was ALL OVER them! Messy .... my winter delivery was much, MUCH neater! :D
 

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I ordered mine from Netrition, the big 54 oz bottle. It was taped up pretty tight and in plastic. They pack their things in so many layers, I have never had a problem. Someone posted on another site that Amazon was having a special of 2, 54 oz bottles for $39.99 plus free super saver shipping.
 
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I just purchased 15 oz on Netrition. I am a big spender ya know. :D:D I will have it in a couple of days an will start using it. If I like then I will buy the larger qty's.
Hey Murph.....I like your approach to finding out about coconut oil and I have a very small bottle at home that I found at a local health food store. I will be following your posts about your thoughts on using it.
 

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I ordered mine from Netrition, the big 54 oz bottle. It was taped up pretty tight and in plastic. They pack their things in so many layers, I have never had a problem. Someone posted on another site that Amazon was having a special of 2, 54 oz bottles for $39.99 plus free super saver shipping.
In your signature you state 3T per day. I am assuming this is teaspoons??
 

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They recomend 3 Tablespoons a day to get the maximum benefit. Some days I get that much some days I don't. I buy the brancrisp crackers from Netrition and spread it on top and add almond butter. Whenever I cook anything I add a big blob to the pan. I also have a bread recipes that uses coconut oil. Any recipe that calls for butter you can sub in CO. My favorite though is the CO chocolate candy. For 3 years I would get in between bg spikes. Since I started to use CO they have disappeared.
 

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Ok I think I understand the benefits. Read some articles on it but am lost. Which is normal I am one man that will admit he is lost long before it is evident. :D

It is mentioned here many times, I see it in peoples signature but I would be very interested in knowing how you all here use it. Is the stuff at the local grocery store the same as what is online along with; well many questions I guess.

I will sit back and read what you all have to say about it. I would like to know more.

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Sorry, I missed this thread.

I am originally from the state of Kerala in India. In Kerala, coconut oil is traditionally the cooking oil. When we used to live in Kerala we got coconut oil by pressing the coconuts from our own yard. We used to dry the coconuts in the sun to make copra, take the copra to one of the many coconut oil "mills" in our area and get it cold pressed right before our eyes. It is not "virgin", or processed or anything; just straight out of the copra. For me, it tasted the best. After coming to Canada we switched over to Mazola oil and olive oil. Many years later, we were enlightened on the benefits of reverting to coconut oil by a very knowledgeable poster in another diabetes related e-forum. We effortlessly switched back to our traditional coconut oil.

We buy coconut oil from an Indian (more specifically, a Kerala) store in Brampton, a place near Toronto. We buy the "Parachute" brand. Canadian $ 15.99 for a 2 litre pack (67.6 ounces.) It is imported here from India. We found that this is the closest in taste to the oil we used to get from pressing our own coconuts back in India. We use it for all our cooking purposes-- in other words we use it in our curries. And once in a while apply it on the skin and hair. 2 litres last the two of us (self and wife) roughly a month. A litre is 1000 ml (milli litres) and a table spoon is roughly 15 ml. In other words the two of us consume roughly 133 (2000/15=133.33) tablespoons of coconut oil in a month. So, each of us would be consuming a little over 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of coconut oil per day.

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Parachute is closest? Really? I just bought a 100 ml bottle for my (Bengali) daughter's hair! Now I feel kind of silly buying so little ... will taste a bit.

I DO like the Nutiva brand stuff, though (which is good ... I just bought 2 1/2 GALLONS of it!).
 

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We buy the "Parachute" brand. Canadian $ 15.99 for a 2 litre pack (67.6 ounces.)
I was getting worried at the price mentioned so far in this thread, but that is much more reasonable.

Also, I appreciate all the CO info. I was wondering if it came from coconuts, or from the tree, like sodium laurel sulfate, a cheap detergent that is referred to as 'coconut oil extract' by the shyster health food stores. (I could possibly be just a tiny bit opinionated.)

Does anyone know where you could get this in the LA area? I'll probably be at a Trader Joe but that might take a month or so. There isn't one close. Would they have it?

If not I might look at importing some myself. Depends on the shelf life, etc, but from everything I've read lately this is a good product.

Thanks a lot for that personal experience post Rad.
 

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Lia, SLS is manufactured from coconut oil. It is a sulfated form, though, which makes it drying and irritating. It can make your scalp and skin too dry, and overproduce oils.

Which is why I try to stick with SOAPS.

I did not know any health food stores were trying to sell it -- probably with phthalate or other fragrance sensitivities?
 

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Lia, SLS is manufactured from coconut oil. It is a sulfated form, though, which makes it drying and irritating. It can make your scalp and skin too dry, and overproduce oils.

Which is why I try to stick with SOAPS.

I did not know any health food stores were trying to sell it -- probably with phthalate or other fragrance sensitivities?
Technically you could call it coconut oil, but it comes from the tree, not the coconut. At least that was what I understood when I checked it out a lot of years ago. (This is not the oil talked about so far in this thread. This is the oil that sodium laurel sulfate comes from.)

And the health food store details:

I knew the manager of a health food store and he told me they sell shampoos that don't have detergent in them. The shampoos use oil instead. I asked "So they don't foam?" Didn't get an answer to that.

Then when I stopped by the store I checked the ingredients on a shampoo bottle. There was no detergent listed, but "coconut oil extract" was listed. It seemed obvious to me that they were just giving a health food spin to a cheap detergent. I didn't check any farther so could be wrong.

Business is business. I might do the same if it sold. :)

I lived with a few health food extremists and they began to irk me. They might be stocking shelves in a health food store because grade 8 was too much for them, but that didn't throttle down the urge to give advice. Just about any health problem you could name right up to cancer, could be cured by just about anything in the store. The pharmacy companies didn't want you to know about it so they could make more money. etc etc

So yes, if rewriting the name on that ingredient (and put a few flowers on the bottle) can get them to pay twice as much for it, that sounds like a smart business move.

The little problem is that it takes a bit more time if you really do want to understand what you are doing, and not just blindly follow some kind of 'in' thing.

That part was a lot of years ago too, so I don't know if health food stores still do that sort of stuff.
 

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Our Trader Joes does not carry it. I can find it at Walmart, our regular grocery store in the Natural foods aisle. But the cheapest place is online. Either Amazon, Netrition , VitaCost or Swanson's Vitamins. Also different brands have different tastes and some do have a nasty taste. I pay a little extra for the Extra Virgin. I would imagine in LA any Indian grocery would carry it.
 

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Amusingly, my Parachute oil shipped to me (a bit quickly!) from ...

TOPEKA, KS! HAHAH! A one hour drive, away!

From googling, it appears SLS or SDS is made from the same coconut oil we know and love.
 
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