We pray that all our readers had a safe and magnificent Independence Day holiday yesterday. We certainly did — and managed to stay cool in spite of the temps in excess of 100° F. We were delighted to be invited to dinner and fellowship last night with some good friends just a few miles away.
During the course of the great meal they prepared for us, the topic of coconut oil came up. Apparently, there had been a recent article in the paper saying how unsafe it is to use coconut oil. As you might expect, the article was written by a fairly well known doctor, and we all know that the wearing of a white coat topped off with a stethoscope casually draped around the neck automatically makes one an expert.
Coconut oil is indeed controversial. Just do a quick Internet search and you’ll see the broad range of dogmatic positions on this topic. As our readers undoubtedly know, we at The Coaching Pair are strongly in support of the health benefits of this God-given, miracle oil.
Coincidentally, Natural News recently posted a very innovative and fun graphic outlining the many benefits of coconut oil which we have reproduced below. Enjoy!
I’ve been touting the benefits of coconut oil for a number of years and have written several articles describing its health-giving properties. For example, see “Do This ONE Thing to Improve Your Health.”
I use it daily in food preparation and recommend it to all of my clients. Ongoing research continues to reveal a multitude of reasons of why coconut oil is so good for us.
However, imagine my surprise when one of my clients sent me a link to a video which proposed that coconut oil might be an Alzheimer’s remedy. I was curious. The video is excellent and you can watch it for yourself by clicking the first link of the Link of the Day below.
In essence, a female neonatologist, Dr. Mary Newport, discovered some unexpected benefits of coconut oil in dealing with her husband who was fighting a losing battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. In the video you’ll see the results of her 61 year old husband attempting to draw a picture of a clock. The first picture shows a few random circles along with several random numbers, none of which resembles a clock. After including coconut oil in his diet for just TWO weeks, another attempt at the clock drawing showed a stunning improvement. Three weeks later a drawing reveals an ordinary clock with all the numbers in the correct position. Nothing short of remarkable!
Dr. Newport has done extensive research in an effort to “resurrect” her husband. She categorizes Alzheimer’s as a type of “diabetes of the brain” and says that the process can begin 10 to 20 years before any noticeable symptoms occur.
Coconut oil is primarily made up of medium chain triglycerides which are high in ketones. She offers a rather technical, scientific explanation of how the ketones help to improve brain function especially in individuals with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, and Huntington’s.
Dr. Newport has also written a book entitled, Alzheimer’s Disease What If There Was A Cure? I’ve also included several links should you want to explore this amazing discovery in more detail.
I will certainly continue to eat and use coconut oil, and will continue to encourage all of my clients in its use as well. If you’re not already using it, then I highly encourage you to begin doing so. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions about it’s use.
Photo by YIM Hafiz
“At one time coconut oil was a significant part of the American diet.” Cherie Calbom
What changes are you making with your eating habits that will reap dividends for years to come?
The priest is to sprinkle the blood against the altar of the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. (Lev 17:6; NIV)
Last week I introduced coconut oil to you all. That may have been a first introduction for some of you. Others may have heard or read controversy around coconut oil. For years we as Americans have been told to avoid anything with tropical oils, thinking it would send us to the nearest ER with a massive coronary. As with all stories, there are two sides to this one as well.
There is a lot to this story but I’ve tried to distil it down to small, readable bites. During WW II, when the Japanese occupied most of the Philippines and the South Pacific, supplies of coconut oil were cut off for several years. Americans were forced to turn to alternative sources of cooking oils. That’s when many of the polyunsaturated oils came on the scene.
Then some research studies emerged which said that eating saturated fats causes high triglyceride levels. The research claimed that ALL saturated fats raise cholesterol levels and should be eliminated from the diet, including coconut oil. However, modern research has proven that not all saturated fats are the same. As I mentioned last week coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).
When you digest MCTs, they’re immediately transported to your liver to be metabolized. They don’t get stored in your body cells like typical fats. These fats follow a ‘healthier’ pathway in your body. MCTs don’t raise cholesterol levels or contribute to heart disease. We now know those old studies were done on hydrogenated coconut oils, a highly processed form of coconut oil completely different than virgin coconut oil.
Research also shows that the vegetable oil industry spearheaded an aggressive campaign to discredit saturated fats and promote polyunsaturated vegetable oils. The media flooded the public promoting polyunsaturated propaganda. Dr. Bruce Fife writes about the refining process of these oils. “The oil is separated from its source with heat and hydraulic pressure. After the first pressing, the remaining pulp is treated further with additional heat, pressure, and petroleum solvents. The oil is then boiled to evaporate the toxic solvents. Chemical preservatives are added to retard oxidation. Modern processing removes all of the non-oil components of the seed, making the oil colorless, tasteless, odorless, and completely lacking in nutrients.” These oils are also known to cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation causes breakdown at the cellular level. Not pretty.
If you’ve not experimented with using coconut oil yet, I believe you’ll be in for a delight. What are you waiting for? Send me an email if you have questions about this unsung hero.
Father, we thank You for all of your good and wonderful gifts. We thank You that You have provided what we need to walk in divine health. May we be diligent in seeking out truth and walking in what we learn.
Link of the Day
The Great Fat Debate – Why Virgin Coconut Oil Is Best
Blessings on you as you look into making an oil change.
“Coconuts may make you think of rich desserts-and calories-but the truth is far more slimming!” Cherie Calbom
If there was an oil you could use for your daily cooking needs that helped protect you from heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative conditions, and strengthened your immune system, and helped you lose weight, would you want to know about it?
The vine has dried up, And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree, The palm tree also, And the apple tree — All the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men. (Joel 1:12; NKJ)
If you’re read some of the recipes on our website, you’ve no doubt seen my recommendation for using coconut oil. I know many heads cock and eyebrows rise when I mention coconut oil. “Isn’t that bad for us?” Or, “Isn’t that fattening?” are two questions often raised when I mention using coconut oil. In reality, coconut oil is one of the healthiest, most versatile dietary oils in the world.
Coconut oil is a stable, healthy saturated fat that is naturally free from the harmful, trans-fatty acids. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, such as lauric acid, which supports the immune system and helps to cleanse the body of toxins and other pathogens. Coconut oil is different from other oils commonly used in America. Most American oils are made from seeds such as soybeans, canola (rapeseeds), safflower seeds, sunflower seeds, and cottonseeds. These seed oils are predominately made of triglycerides containing long chain fatty acids. This difference affects how the body utilizes the oil. Because of the ease in how medium chain fatty acids are digested and metabolized, coconut oil can be used even when people have compromised digestive systems.
Because of the structure of the oil, coconut oil is burned for energy rather than being stored. This tends to increase the bodies metabolism. People with under-active thyroid glands often discover their basal temperature becomes normal from the use of coconut oil, especially when combined with a healthy diet and life-style. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and author of several books about coconut oil, this oil is the healthiest oil on earth. Modern research actually validates this bold statement. Clinical studies have shown that coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, and is now even being used in treating AIDS patients. Studies conducted in the Philippines last year showed that coconut oil does indeed reduce the viral load in AIDS patients.
Today’s link features Dr. Joseph Mercola teaching about the benefits and value of coconut oil. While he offers coconut oil on his site, I usually buy coconut oil from a different source. Wilderness Family Naturals and Tropical Traditions also offers coconut oil. You may find some in health food stores. Look for organic, or extra virgin, cold pressed oil. The oil will be solid and white at temperatures below about 75 degrees. When the weather is hot as it’s been here the past several weeks, the oil will become a clear liquid. I use coconut oil for anything requiring a heated oil such as sautéing vegetables, scrambling eggs, or making a stir-fry.
Next time I’ll chat a little about how and why coconut oil got such a bad name. In the meantime, begin exploring your local health food store or internet for organic or extra virgin coconut oil.
Father, we thank You for providing healthful and beneficial fats for our bodies. I pray that our readers will do their due-diligence and learn about the benefits of using coconut oil in their diets.
Link of the Day
Here’s the Smarter Oil Alternative
Blessings on you as you begin to explore using coconut oil.
“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.” P. J. O’Rourke
How many servings of fruit are you eating each day?
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:2; NKJ)
Most everyone, young and old enjoys fruit salad. Where did fruit salad come from originally? In ancient times, combinations of various fresh, dried, candied, and stewed fruit were used to create the salad. The ingredients and recipes used depended on what was available during the different seasons, the specific country of origin, and the socio-economic status of the people.
Fruit salad, as we know it today is a product of the mid-19th century, with one of the most popular examples being Ambrosia. The name “fruit cocktail” was developed when fruit was mixed with sugar and alcohol. Non-alcoholic versions of fruit cocktail were very popular in the 1920’s. Also popular in the 1920’s were jellied fruit salads. How many of us remember all the various “jellied” salads? Believe it or not, I could have been the “Jell-O Queen” in the 1970’s, until I began to see the light about real food! In case you’re wondering, a Jell-O salad is not considered real food for those interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
Today we have so many varieties of fresh fruit available to us all year that we can enjoy fruit salad in any season. However, there are times when certain fruits are more plentiful and thus a little less costly. Although we’ll soon be entering the most prolific fruit season, today’s recipe is more designed for the winter months when we don’t have access to as many fresh fruits. The recipe uses some fresh fruit and some canned pineapple and mandarin oranges. Feel free to make substitutions with any of the fruit listed. I’ve created a sauce that makes the salad creamy and rich, but it’s good without it too.
Always buy pineapple in it’s own juice as opposed to heavy syrup. I’ve also found mandarin oranges packed in pear juice as opposed to heavy syrup. Coconut is a nice addition to this salad. Always buy unsweetened coconut, preferably organic and unsulfured. Sulfur dioxide is a preservative added to commercial coconut and not something that I recommend consuming.
Lord we’re so grateful for all of the many wonderful fruits that You have created. Thank You for the beautiful color, texture and taste of it all.
Link of the Day
Easy Creamy Fruit Salad
Blessings on you as you enjoy your Easy Creamy Fruit Salad.