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Old 06-10-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Ten years ago, coconut oil was something you rarely found, and was considered toxic for your health. Now you can even find it in certain dollar stores. What’s going on?
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:41 PM
 
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Ten years ago, coconut oil was something you rarely found, and was considered toxic for your health. Now you can even find it in certain dollar stores. What’s going on?
Obviously from all of the recent published information concerning the benefits of coconut oil along with other types of oil that were once said to be safe are now said to be harmful. Just wait a few years and perhaps the health benefits will flip flop again!
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:35 PM
 
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Ten years ago, coconut oil was something you rarely found, and was considered toxic for your health. Now you can even find it in certain dollar stores. What’s going on?
Capitalism
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Pretty great oil, works nicely as a butter substitute.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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There has grown the desire for something of that consistency and use that is vegan.

People also use it for skin care.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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I know City-Data is supposed to be PG-13, but some people look at coconut oil and say:
hey, assuming you go with extra virgin, non-hydrogenated, no added fragrance - it's inexpensive, anti-fungal, its anti-bacterial, it's edible - wouldn't it make a good s*x lube?

Articles I saw said OK with polyurethane barrier (not latex barrier) or if you have two committed partners (no pregnancy/disease risk), then they say its OK.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:14 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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People also use it for skin care.
I once cured a baby's butt rash using coconut oil, and I use it on myself for skin care, my spouse in her hair.

I don't think I ever once used it for food.


To answer the OP's question, I am sure there are several factors, but I would point to the expansion in global trade over the past 30 years and in particular trade agreements with Mexico and South America, especially Brazil, but also countries like Philippines and Indonesia: in any case, they have so much product to sell and they found a market to sell it to; Americans love fads, we'll see how long this one lasts.

I would like to know how people in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil and Mexico have been using coconut oil, if at all, over the past several millennia (not centuries, but millennia); with such knowledge, I might start to call it "science".

Until then, it is a fad and a lot of guess work.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We are not sold on it, but have tried it. I think it was the huge hit about 5 years ago and we don't seem to hear as much about it now as we did then. On the other hand you see it everywhere.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Novelty.
Just another fad people blindly follow...

Coconut oil is very high in saturated fats (>80%) and raise LDL cholesterol considerably.
Just to put in perspective: red meat contains 50% saturated fat, butter holds about 65% of saturated fat.
There is an incredible amount of hype around the coconut that is driven by marketing, not science.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...ated-fats-lard
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:22 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Yep, just another fad. Tomorrow it will be something else.
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