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i've been hearing a lot about the health benefits of coconut oil and wanted to know what other people here think about it.

i've read that that unsaturated fats suppress the metabolic rate, apparently creating hypothyroidism. in other words, if you use/eat coconut oil, it will help you lose weight.

who thinks what?


Tue. Jun 28, 11:21am

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I think there are more benefits with something like flax seed oil

Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 11:26 AM

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I've used coconut oil

It's a medium chain triglyceride and is burned in your body for fuel instantly. Many people who have low body temperature take it in the morning to increase their metabolism.

I used it for a while religiously - and still do periodically - I felt like it really cleaned my system out (it is OIL!) and that for me it was a great appetite suppresant (true of fats anyway). I also dropped a few pounds the week I started using in, but that could be from anything really. I'm no scientist.

It can't hurt if you decide to try it. Now I use it mostly for stir-fries where the flavor is good for Asian food. I will also mix it in with oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast. The added oil gets me through until lunch with no problem.

Info here:

Weston A. Price Foundation (this is an outstanding resource if you're into a more "whole foods" approach to diet):

coconut oil and weight loss - article here but be aware that the web site is selling the product. But, scroll down to the section entitled Scientific Studies on the Weight-Loss Effects of Coconut Oil's MCTs:


Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 10:09 AM

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I have a low body temperature and never associated that with a low metabolism before! I assume I have one, though, as I gain weight very easily and it's difficult to lose weight; also I am not at all a natural athlete.

When you say many people take coconut oil in the morning to jump-start their metabolism, what do you mean? How doe one "take" coconut oil? In a teaspoon? That sounds gross! Or do you cook with it? If so, what are good options to cook in the morning?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 1:07 PM

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Coconut oil at breakfast

If you do some Internet searching you should be able to find some testimonials about the body temperature thing. I recall seeing a lot of talk about it on a natural foods/homeopathic type thread.

For these types of "alternative" things I like to do an advanced google search and type in ".edu" under the domain - that tends to bring back results that are uiversity-based research and no ads.

After posting here yesterday, I started my day with coconut oil. It melts at about 75 degrees, so I just take a tablespoonful (yes, it's gross) by mouth. When it's winter I will melt it in a bowl of hot water. For breakfast I normally only mix it with hot oatmeal or use it to cook eggs. Dinner is easier, substitute it for olive oil.

Let me tell you, I've been eating way too much lately, and it's my TOM, but I made it through until lunch at 1pm with no problem today. Just my 2 cents. I realize that some people might think I'm crazy.

Thursday, June 30, 2005, 12:13 PM

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Isn't coconut oil considered a tropical oil and therefore full of saturated fat and best to be avoided?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 12:11 AM

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