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Old 06-11-2019, 07:45 AM
 
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Great answers from the other commentators. The grocery store I work for can barely keep coconut oil in stock. Yes, it's a fad, and it's popular for skin and hair care (especially among African Americans), and as lube (we sell it in packets for that purpose, although it's not labeled as such). As a food product it's promoted as an additive to smoothies for those trendy liquid diets ("two shakes and one healthy meal"), and it's extremely popular for vegan pastries, as it approximates the flavor and texture of butter much better than margarine or other common vegetable oils.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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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

it's a healthy saturated fat though. as is butter, if you care to read the most recent science on that stuff.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:51 AM
 
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I'd say the current popularity has a lot to do with the Keto diet.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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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?
better start reading , because the whole thing has changed about fats. now some are deadly vs some are healthy, almost opposite from what it was. Try Mercola.com.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:37 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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... "recent science" ...
"Science" is one of the most abused words "recently", say the last 50 years or so.

Real science, as in knowledge, means trying the same experiment over and over again and getting the same result over and over again.

Until then, "science" is a fad, guesswork about the future, and propaganda.

Some 50 years ago, no one truly knew the dangers of smoking tobacco. Tobacco was okay, "science" said so.

We simply don't know the results of life-long use of coconut oil by an individual or across a population.

And there probably is no past empirical experience to go on either: regardless of label, coconut oil is machine-processed and I doubt that natives of countries like Indonesia and Brazil have been consuming it as a major part of their diet for thousands of years (unlike olive oil, for example).

The reality is that somebody funded a laboratory test on this or that substance, isolating it on some single factor to the max, and seemed to have come up with "X" result after a few experiments because that's what they were looking for a priori.

Call that "science" if you want to.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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40 years ago the sugar industry and lobbyists put out paid medical studies that fat was bad for you.

Remember what happened? The obesity rates skyrocketed because everyone avoided fat and sugar and salt were substituted.

Snackwells? No fat, all sugar. Flew off the shelves.

No we have found out that many fats are good for you, fill you up, and do not cause heart disease.

Sugar causes heart disease and promotes growth of cancer cells.

Eat fat, feel fuller longer.

Healthy fat=Coconut Oil
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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"Science" is one of the most abused words "recently", say the last 50 years or so.

Real science, as in knowledge, means trying the same experiment over and over again and getting the same result over and over again.

Until then, "science" is a fad, guesswork about the future, and propaganda.

Some 50 years ago, no one truly knew the dangers of smoking tobacco. Tobacco was okay, "science" said so.

We simply don't know the results of life-long use of coconut oil by an individual or across a population.

And there probably is no past empirical experience to go on either: regardless of label, coconut oil is machine-processed and I doubt that natives of countries like Indonesia and Brazil have been consuming it as a major part of their diet for thousands of years (unlike olive oil, for example).

The reality is that somebody funded a laboratory test on this or that substance, isolating it on some single factor to the max, and seemed to have come up with "X" result after a few experiments because that's what they were looking for a priori.

Call that "science" if you want to.

Good Luck!
This!
You are right on the money Bale. Speaking of money, follow that money to the source of who funded this study and more times than not you will see that the corporation that stands to make money from sales using favorable results, often is who funded the study. Many times the scripted results are known before the actual study takes place. Check out these videos, if you are unable to watch videos you can hit the "script" tab and read the same reports.

http://www.nutritionfacts.org/video/...unding-effect/
http://www.nutritionfacts.org/video/...research-bias/
http://www.nutritionfacts.org/video/...clog-arteries/
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:07 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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better start reading , because the whole thing has changed about fats. now some are deadly vs some are healthy, almost opposite from what it was. Try Mercola.com.
Lol... Mercola...
Mercola.com is a Quackery level pseudoscience website that advocates for sometimes dangerous, inaction or action, to serious health issues. A factual search reveals that Mercola has a very long list of failed fact checks and misleading claims that rivals Alex Jones in scope.

Again, I recommend you read the article (link on post #9)
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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40 years ago the sugar industry and lobbyists put out paid medical studies that fat was bad for you.

Remember what happened? The obesity rates skyrocketed because everyone avoided fat and sugar and salt were substituted.

Snackwells? No fat, all sugar. Flew off the shelves.

No we have found out that many fats are good for you, fill you up, and do not cause heart disease.

Sugar causes heart disease and promotes growth of cancer cells.

Eat fat, feel fuller longer.

Healthy fat=Coconut Oil
eating too much fat and too much sugar isn't a good thing.

anything can be made to be a bogeyman if it's overconsumed.

the solution is to eat a variety of foods and make mostly healthy food choices and pay attention to portion sizes.

coconut oil has way too much saturated fat and I'm sorry, I don't need more saturated fat in my diet. i'm fine with olive oil.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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"What’s going on?"
essentially, it is NOT 100% CO.
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