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Title:   Coconut Oil

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 Tablespoon, 14 grams
Amount per serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 125
Hide Daily Values % Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
  Saturated Fat 13.5g 68%
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%     Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%     Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Description:

There are 120-130 calories in a tablespoon of high quality coconut oil.

The Coconut Oil Paradox

As you can see from the nutrition label on this page, Coconut Oil has 14 grams of fat, most of them being saturated. Canola Oil has the same amount of calories and fat, but has mostly monounsaturated fat.

So Canola Oil is better for you, right? Wrong! Coconut Oil is completely natural and actually has powerful health promoting effects. Canola Oil functions as a toxin to your system.

These two articles explain this in further detail:

1. Why Coconut Oil Is Good For You And Can Give You Energy

Key Point:
"Coconut oil contains lauric acid and capryllc acid, both, known to be anti-microbal. Most of the saturated fat in it is actually MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which the body tends to use as energy rather than to store as fat."

2. Is Coconut Oil Bad For You Because Of Saturated Fat?

Key Points:

  • Coconut and coconut oil are superfoods. Coconut is one of the most healthy, amazing things you can ingest.
  • People in Asia and the Pacific Islands whose diets are high in coconut oil have low levels of chronic disease- cancer, heart disease etc. 
  • The fat in coconut is actually good for you. The book explains the science in detail, but the basic idea is that the fatty acids in coconut are easier to metabolize, and are different from the fatty acids in other forms of saturated fat.

40 Million Thin Thai People Can't Be Wrong!

So often we get caught up in these debates over whether a food is good for us or not. It always makes sense to consider the context. In the case of coconut oil and coconut milk, you have to realize that these have been a part of Asian cuisine and culture for probably all of modern human history.

These are not obese people. Americans in contrast consume massive amounts of processed vegetable oils, and are the most obese on the planet.

There is often tremendous resistance to change. But one thing we want you to do is to do some digging in this area and begin to make a distinction between good fats and bad fats.

This idea that all fats are bad is deepened by companies like Weight Watchers, who have a simplistic "fiber good, fat bad" approach that paints all fat with the same broad brush.

In fact, if you are having a hard time losing weight on Weight Watchers, you might want to take a look at what types of fats you are consuming in your diet.

Related Recipe:


How To Make Spicy Thai Curry


Calories in Other Oils:

Calories in Olive Oil
Calories in Flaxseed Oil
Calories in Canola Oil

Calories in Sesame Oil


last edit by PEERTRAI, 9/1/2011 11:58:58 AM

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we use a lot of coconut oil in our cooking as i am an asian,
you not mentioned a word about Olive oil. how do you equate
this oil with coconut oil regarding its benefits??
i should be most greatful for your thoughts. thanks.
Puthu
puthukodi, 5/1/2012 12:04:42 PM

I remember hearing that coconut oil can take higher heats without breaking down than olive oil can. When you use olive oil to saute over HIGH heat, it can do bad things to the oil, and it loses benefits. I don't have the particulars off the top of my head.
casseapdx, 10/1/2012 6:04:21 PM

Just a couple of things about Coconut oil: I use it as a moisturizer and at 64 am told all the time that my skin is beautiful. Study done with women over 50 on how to reduce wrinkles found that the majority of those responding use Coconut oil as their moisturizer.

Also, Coconut water is very high in potasium. Check the labels though because amounts vary. Don't drink the sweetened ones.
Longsam, 11/18/2012 10:08:54 PM



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