why coconut oil makes you lose weight

Posted on November 20th, 2012

Someone has asked me how coconut oil helps you lose weight. Good question. I had to think about it for a bit. In the meantime, I ate some more of the stuff in dishes like my raspberry ripple recipe.

My raspberry ripple, which Veronika M has turned into raspberry ripe crackles! Instructions below…

Anecdotally, according to a survey of one, I know it works. I eat about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil – straight from the jar, or in a sugar-free chocolaty dish like the one above – most days after lunch. And I’ve lost weight from doing so.

If you want to read more anecdotes about weight loss from eating coconut check out these forums.

How does it work? Again, anecdotally, I believe it’s because coconut oil:

a) kills sugar cravings, immediately (I don’t go reaching for more food, especially sweet food, after lunch).

b) fills you up, immediately. After 2 tablespoons I’m not hungry for about four hours. A rare state of being for me.

c) does something else…I’m not sure what…but it certainly seems to speed up metabolism.

I wanted to learn more myself about why this is so, and, so, did some research. I like dot-points, so allow me to present my findings as a series of bulletted factoids and findings:

For more coconut oil recipes like the one above, you might like to download my I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

The saturated fat deal

* Know this: saturated fats, overall, help you lose weight. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. To fatten a pig, farmers feed them polyunsaturated fats (primarily soybean and corn oil). To produce a leaner pork? The Department of Animal Science of North Carolina State University advises you stop feeding them polyunsaturated oils and start feeding them saturated fats. Can you see the picture forming?

* Consider this: we eat less saturated fat then ever before, but we’re the fattest we’ve ever been. Perhaps there’s a connection here?

* Saturated fats are required to absorb nutrients. Four vitamins—A, D, E, and K—are soluble in fat only. We need fat to be nourished fully and to ensure our metabolisms are running correctly.

* Saturated fats promote conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Which in turn promotes weight loss.

But why coconut oil specifically?

* Medium-chain fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) lead to weight loss. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs. Most plant oils are made up of longer chain fat triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat;  MCTs are transported directly to the liver, promoting “thermogenesis” which increases the body’s metabolism. There are a stack of studies that have shown this to be the case, like this one. This study shows eating 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with a meal caused body temperature to rise, boosting metabolism.

* MCTs are not easily converted into stored triglycerides and cannot be readily used by the body to make larger fat molecules. Want to learn more, click here.

* Plus coconut oil’s MCTs are a primary fuel source for intestinal cells, aiding digestion overall.

* Coconut oil’s MCTs are most similar to human breast milk. And have similar healing and metabolic properties.

How to eat coconut oil

I could go on. Others have and you might like to scour the net yourself and look at all the research on the topic. Or you might like to try just eating the stuff.

* Try it on its own. A tablespoon or two straight from the jar after a meal.

* By making my coconutty granola

* Making my raspberry ripe

* Cook some pumpkin in it, sprinkled with salt.

* And here are 19 other very clever things to do with coconut oil

Tell me, have you had any joy losing weight with coconut oil…share your thoughts here so others can get a feel for things…

 

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  • http://www.rachphillips.com rachael @ rachphillips.com

    Great post. I am totally in love with coconut oil since reading about it – on your site. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to get hold of in the UK {unless you want to pay an absolute fortune for it}. I can’t say that I’ve lost weight using the oil but it does make me feel better. Cooking with it means everything feels less greasy and a little goes a LONG way!

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    lu Reply:

    Hey, I buy Biona coconut oil off Amazon. It’s £14 for an 800gram tub which is the best price I’ve found (plus Biona is the tastiest one I’ve tried too…some taste like soap!). Still pricier than other oils but it does go a long way.

    Hope that helps!

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    seeker Reply:

    rachael have you quit/reuced sugar as well as incorporating coconut oil? i think thats a big part of the process in being successful in weight loss to which sarah’s referring ….

    love love love coconut oil and coconut butter, in the bath smother smother, face and body and in the tummy yummy yummy! :)

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    Emily Reply:

    Hi Rachael – Pure Coconut Oil is currently half price at Holland and Barrett. If you find you like it, stock up now! :-)

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    rachael • rachphillips.com Reply:

    WELL A few months ago I found a big tub of pure coconut oil for £3 in tesco (in the world foods section) but haven’t seen it in there since. Should’ve bought a case load lol

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    Emily Reply:

    I just googled it and came up with this… http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=268622297 Was it perhaps on offer at the time? Keeping my eye out from here on in…

    rachael @ rachphillips.com Reply:

    It wasn’t a brand one, it was tucked in amongst the “world foods” bit. I tend to head straight there now since you can get massive bags of raw almonds etc for £4 If i see it in there again, I’ll be sure to let you x

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    ScattyShirley Reply:

    REalfoods.co.uk do same size jars ie 800gms at £8.99 if you buy over £15.00 worth postage is free.>
    If coconut oil helps lose weight that explains a little bit of what was happening to me. Must tell my sister not to eat it, she is slightly underweight for her height.
    but I do notice the change in my digestion, being on strong painkillers I often have a problem with constipation Coconut oil sorts me out.

    Just an aside
    They also sell Bicarb which I was not able to get in the shops at really cheap prices too.

    rachael @ rachphillips.com Reply:

    actually…this was it http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/tesco-price-comparison/oils_and_vinegar/ktc_coconut_oil_500ml.html but they don’t seem to have any in any of the supermarket but worth keeping an eye out x

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    rachael @ rachphillips.com Reply:

    I’m going to be kicked off in a minute BUT look – http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=256412443 they have it and it’s £1.69 – bargain

    * sorry sarah** x

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    Narelle Reply:

    Hi there
    I get mine from iherb.com – the nutiva brand. 1.6 L is about $33ish US – They are having a sale with extra discounts this Friday. Also if you use them and put the coupon code GUQ178 in at the checkout you will get $10US off any order over $40. I get heaps of stuff from there and the delivery times are usually less than a week :)

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    Amely Reply:

    do you ever use Ghee. Is it as beneficial as coconut oil?

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  • http://www.sparklingly.blogspot.com J/Sparklingly

    Yes, much joy! Using coconut oil in my food and on my body has not only made my skin feel softer and look brighter, but the combination of ingesting coconut oil, whole-fat dairy, good clean meats and vegetables and no wheat/sugar = a much slimmer and trimmer physique! Such a lovely thing to do good things for yourself that actually feels and tastes good, too!

    J.

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  • http://www.ribkoffholistichealth.com Rachel

    I LOVE good quality, organic extra virgin coconut oil for so many things – hair, skin, searing up some filet mignon! Have you ever tried “oil pulling” with it? I did so when I used to get sinus infections from yucky office days and the results are amazing. So many natural healing properties in this ingredient!

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    J @ Sparklingly Reply:

    Rachel—I’d love to know more about this. Tried it two days in a row and didn’t notice anything. Does it take a while to see effects? Any special technique?

    J.

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  • http://beautyswatch.com Yishan

    Great post! Will give this a try~

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  • http://www.africanaussie.blogspot.com Africanaussie

    what about coconut cream? anyone have any thoughts on that? or eating fresh coconut?

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    seeker Reply:

    fresh young coconuts YES! cant get more organic than that! scoop the flesh, sip the sap, and live happily ever after!
    coconut cream gets a YES from me too, just try to get one without added sugar/crud
    or pulverise the pulp of the fresh fellaz to make your own?
    :)

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  • Kate

    What if you’re underweight and trying to gain? Should you eschew coconut oil as a form of calories?

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    Em Reply:

    I wouldn’t think so, Kate, as the benefits of coconut oil are so good & it tastes so yum! I am slim and use coconut oil in everything.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I’d not avoid, but I would consume along with other fattening products. Grains are the best way to put on weight, if that’s your issue.

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  • Wendy

    Where is the best place to purchase coconut oil from? I am in Australia. Thank you.

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    Em Reply:

    Wendy, are you in Qld? I buy mine from Mrs Flannery’s & get a pretty decent discount, too, as I’m a member (it’s free to join). Make sure you purchase extra virgin. :)

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    Wendy Reply:

    No I’m in NSW… do Mrs Flannery post? Thanks. :)

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    Dianne Reply:

    Coles and Woolworths both sell Melrose organic virgin coconut oil for around $10 for 300g jar.

    Courtney Reply:

    I buy coconut oil from woolworths – the Asian food section has a great organic one. I think it’s spiral brand.
    Good luck!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    http://Www.naturepacific.com.au, it has that beautiful coconutty smell that’s missing from so many brands

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    Aston Reply:

    Wendy, majority of health food stores will have them. But check your local Coles too. I have seen them in the health food section.

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    Wendy Reply:

    Thank you. Guess my other concern apart from price, is the authenticity of the product. :)

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    Jessica Reply:

    I get mine from here Wendy – http://www.naturepacific.com/
    There is also a very popular one on Facebook called ‘Coconut Magic’

  • Kristie

    what about coconut milk???? Doae it have the same effect????

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  • Rosey

    I hear what everybody is saying, but I still have problems with cholesterol and coconut oil.I know about the medium chain fatty acids being good for you, but it still raises cholesterol.I was on body trim and between eggs and coconut oil my chols went to 8.1. I stopped both and it went down.Is it possible that some people cannot cope with this stuff? I would love some personal stories with cholesterol and coconut oil

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    Lauren Rose Reply:

    Oh, I can relate. I recently had bloodwork done and I had total cholesterol at 8.2, yet HDL was 2.7. Everything else in normal range. Doctor was baffled as I am 5’7 and weigh 52 kgs. Lots of animal fats and dairy, veggies, organs and oils in my diet. I said to doc ‘don’t worry, I’ll eat more salmon in future.’

    Interested to hear how coconut oil and saturated fats have played out for other people’s bloodwork?

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    Lauren Rose Reply:

    Actually I’ll just add that I find coconut oil sends my metabolism through the roof like Sarah said. I only eat it in the morning and have more dairy fats at night as they calm me, whereas coconut oil I take by the spoonful before sport. I find it is the natural replace for Mother and Red Bull. Beetroot juice is also good. Coconut oil really does slim me down regardless of how many spoons I use. It makes me think very clearly though, which is great for being energetic in the mornings. Hope that helps :-)

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    Dinielle Reply:

    @lauren…from what I have been reading coconut can raise ldl but it raises hdl as well and the ldl it does raise is the large fluffy ldl which is harmless…you can get your apo-a1 to apo-b ratio to find out, you will have to usually pay extra for it-it was $20 where i live :)

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    Lauren Rose Reply:

    Thanks Dinielle, that is so interesting and true of my own situation. My LDL was high, but just in range. VLDL was low. I will take your advice. Thanks very much!

  • http://www.thetruthaboutmummy.com/ Caz (The Truth About Mummy)

    Wow. Funny. I just eat some!! Started taking it a week or two back after much research into my newly diagnosed case of hypothyroidism. I was just thinking how much I enjoy it and am already thinking its making a difference to how i feel. Then I saw your post title come up on my blog roll.

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  • Lauren Rose

    In Sydney, 7th Heaven Wholefoods at Randwick is my sanctuary. It has everything from coconut oil to raw milk, raw cheese, raw butter, organic coffee, eggs, pastured pork – KELP noodles! My goodness – if you have given up pasta or are goin low on carbs, kelp noodles are THE new spaghetti in my bolognaise!

    I am currently using Loving Earth’s coconut butter, it is just lovely.

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    Clare Reply:

    Wow I’d never heard of 7th Heaven Wholefoods, and it’s in Sydney! Definitely going to go check it out. Thanks so much for the suggestion ;)

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    Lauren Rose Reply:

    No problem Clare. Give yourself plenty of time, the little store is jam packed with stuff. It is just past the big Belmore Road/Alison Road/High Street/Avoca Street intersection.

    The Cleopatra’s milk gets delivered each Monday in a 2L bottle and has a shelf life of about 2 weeks – but you can freeze it in jars which is great.

    I tried freezing pasturised milk once, didn’t work well. Learnt my lesson. :-D

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    Clare Reply:

    Thanks so much for letting me know, I’m going to head over there next week :) VERY excited to explore somewhere new!

  • Dinielle

    health section at woolies

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  • Laurie

    Probably as good a place as any to ask this…

    I started introducing it to my diet after purchasing the I Quit Sugar ebook. My body reacted terribly to it. Basically some nausea and then…..running to the toilet and (TMI – not vomiting). So much so that I worry about maintaining normal hydration levels.

    Not sure if there is an adjustment period to using it or not? Or if I should ease into it a bit slower? Sorry for the TMI :(

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    Carmel Reply:

    Coconut oil is nature’s most effective killer of candida yeast. The yeast die off can make you nauseous or spacey. I certainly experienced both when I first started to cook with it because i had serious candida issues but it didn’t last too long. It is a truly wonderous food. I would definitely persevere with it.

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    Laurie Reply:

    thanks for replying to my plea for help! it may be that. I think i might try and just introduce more coconut products a bit slower and see how I go. Running to the toilet and having very liquid BM every day for a week was not fun! It might just be that it isnt for me but going from no coconut products to HEAPS probably just threw my body off its game a bit.

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    amyer Reply:

    I’ve felt nauseous from it too …and I get the same thing from drinking green or white tea on an empty stomach, only milder. I read somewhere that it could be your body detoxing? That could just be wishful thinking! In any case, I still use coconut oil and drink both kinds of tea. I’m just mindful about when!

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    Sarah Reply:

    Interesting, I had a cup of green tea this morning on an empty stomach for the first time and became extremely ill.

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    Interesting – I can handle any kind of tea on an empty stomach, but not coconut oil.

    I have heard other people say green tea makes them unwell after a period of fasting. I wonder why. At a guess, I could suggest that both have thermogenic effects and increase the metabolism, and perhaps not everyone responds well to this? Then again the same people sometimes respond just fine to coffee, so maybe not.

    I’d be fascinated to hear of any further research into this. I am curious as to how dietary thermogenesis affects someone with thyroid disease, also.

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    Belinda Reply:

    Just wondering if maybe it would help if you had it with a meal? That way there is food in your stomach to absorb it? :) I noticed Sarah mentions above about having it after a meal.

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  • Kirsty

    Coconut oil is fabulous stuff – it’s the only thing that helps my eczema, even cortisone creams don’t work. I really recommend it for anyone with skin issues – and its great to cook with too!

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    Sarah Reply:

    Great to know Kirsty, I suffer from psoriasis and have tried rosehip oil and everything else and nothing works. Are you in Australia? What brand do you use?

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Hi Sarah, I use Banaban – its sold at Harris Farm. Definitely give it a try! good luck :)

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    J @ Sparklingly Reply:

    Sarah & Kristy:

    I completely second (third?) the use of coconut oil on your face—and everywhere else! I use a combination of it and other essential oils (have made a completely intoxicating mix that I just shared here: http://sparklingly.blogspot.com/2012/11/winter-oil-concoction.html) and it does WONDERS for my skin.

    I use it for everything: moisturizer, face wash, night cream, deodorant (!). Love it.
    http://sparklingly.blogspot.com/2012/11/facial-toils.html (more on that here)

    I’ve been using rosehip oil, too, but don’t love the scent as much as I love my coconut concoctions. I’ve been using Aura Cacia and Plant Therapy for essential oils, but may look into other options.

  • Aubrey

    I love Nutiva brand for all coconut products. I know they ship to US and Canada but not sure about other countries. But you can get the brand of Amazon too. I’ve tried a few different brands but Nutiva is my favorite. I love the oil for cooking, baking, and straight on my skin. It is really satisfying. The butter is really tasty too and I eat it by the spoonful!

    Another benefit of the oil not mentioned on here is that it can help boost a nursing mother’s milk supply. So if any mommies out there want to fatten up their babies that’s a good way to do it!

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    J @ Sparklingly Reply:

    I second Nutiva! I order it off of Amazon.com and have it shipped to me in NYC—so good!

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  • http://www.frecklestotoes.blogspot.com Charlotte

    I really love coconut milk! But I can also only find it in cans! Sarah, any idea if there is some brand that sells it in another container? I’d like to avoid the BPA…

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Hi Charlotte, I’ve only ever seen it in cans…there are some non BPA brands out there…depends on what country you’re in . Chris Kresser shares some US ones on his site

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    Rebecca Reply:

    Yes there is a brand that doesn’t sell in cans – its called Kara and is a great quality coconut milk available in asian food stores. Comes in mini cartons (eg same material as paper milk cartons)

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  • Kelly

    Can u pls post the recipe for raspberry ripe crackles? I didn’t see it in the links from your post. Thx!

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  • http://www.livehealthysimply.com Jessica Nazarali

    I love love love coconut oil! I wouldn’t know what to do without it!

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  • Shannon

    Are you sure it was the antibiotics? I tried eating a tablespoon of coconut oil a couple of times after reading about it on this website and I was so nauseous after eating it. I too can no longer smell it without feeling ill!

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  • http://feedthedogwhoblogs.blogspot.com carmel

    You’re right Mia. I wouldn’t persevere with the coconut oil if it was making you really sick. I guess that was a stupid piece of advice. Apologies. All I was trying to say was that it could just be yeast die off causing the nausea and it might take a few goes to get this under control.

    Then again it could be something else. So much guess work with gut issues I find. That’s the truly frustrating part.

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  • Laurie

    thanks for replying to my plea for help! it may be that. It might just be that it isnt for me but going from no coconut products to HEAPS probably just threw my body off its game a bit.

    i will try with a slow introduction rather than jumping right in and see if it is better.

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  • Lola

    If anyone can help me on this?
    I am trying to encorporate coconut oil into my meals/cooking snacks etc. but really struggle with the smell/taste… when cooking withit, it has a near potent smell… and if using much within treats ie coconut nut bliss balls its taste is overpowering.

    I love coconut water, milk and raw coconut.. so what am i doing wrong with the oil???? I feel like i am missing something? am I using the wrong oil/too much… is there something i can mix it with until i adjust?

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    June Reply:

    Perhaps you should try another brand.

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    Amber Reply:

    I agree. There have been a couple of brands I’ve tried that I’ve found quite unpalatable — they had an almost rancid/cheese-y smell to them. Funnily enough, I think they were both Fijian brands… Banaban was one of them.

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  • June

    I buy Banaban coconut extra virgin oil, cold pressed, organically grown & harvested in Fiji. My latest purchase was…
    NEW SPECIALLY DESIGNED 1 LITRE JAR
    Suitable for both warm and colder months

    A Deliciously Healthy Edible Oil for Cooking and Natural Body Care

    Packed in *PET Plastic bottles. Induction sealed in convenient wide open jar (*guaranteed Bisphenol A free)

    Pure Banaban Extra Virgin oil will solidify below 18 degrees C (65 degree F). Warm to liquefy.
    The price for 3 x litre bottles was $48-00, it sometimes arrives at my home in Adelaide less than 2 days, it comes from the Gold Coast. I have been using it for many years. It is the best form of sunscreen, I use it every moring in my lemon drink, also in shakes & every time I can. Good for the hair as well as the skin. Dr Bruce Fife has written some excellent books on the subject, he also has an excellent web site. I would never be without out it. It is also sold in glass jars.

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  • Pauline

    Coconut oil – I pay $14.00 per kg, then I decant it into small jars.
    You can use it for teeth pulling, i,e. small amount in mouth and then squish around in between the teeth, do this for 15 minutes, maybe while having shower and it prevents bacteria in mouth. I also put it all over my body when I come out of shower.

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    Becki Reply:

    Did you ever get a bad detox reaction? I’ve wanted to try this for years, but kinda got scared off when I read the detox side effects. Yeah I’m a bit of a wuss. :)

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  • picardie.girl

    I agree – I would never eat it straight off a spoon. I cook with it but find it seems to go rancid easily… or maybe just burn? I don’t love the ‘burny’ smell.
    Have tried it in smoothies but it makes me feel ill.

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    ros Reply:

    Hi the only way I can have it straight is melted in warm water then topped up with tap water and drink it. Couldnt eat it straight

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    Yola Reply:

    I bought coconut milk powder 60% oil content from real foods uk and it is yum yum! you can eat it straight and in your coffee is super delish. Bake with it too. It clumps in the pack due to the oil content, jut break it up as you need it.

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  • picardie.girl

    I agree, I wouldn’t ‘persevere’ with something that was making me that sick.

    I can use coconut oil for cooking but added to smoothies or on its own is nauseating.

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  • marg

    When I visited New Zealand a few months ago, I bought some coconut oil from a deli for cooking. We thought it smelled a bit strong, but used it anyway, but the first bite was nauseating. I smelled it again, and confirmed it tasted and smelled like soap.

    When I looked up the Fijian website, soap making was one of the uses for their product.

    Coconut oil smells sweet and doesn’t have a strong taste. It is good to cook with as it can be heated without burning.

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  • Steph

    Im allergic to all coconut :( my body cant digest it and it was only days after constant nausea and vomiting did i realise this. I actually use it as a mosturiser sometimes and it makes my skin so soft!

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  • Joy McLachlan

    Just paid for the e-recipe book but been told Safari cannot download. After this happened I realised that this was the second time this has happened. Is there an answer?

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  • http://www.muditainstitute.com Nadia Marshall

    Thank you Sarah!! Very, very interesting stuff!! As a bit of an Ayurveda head I tend to eat more ghee than coconut oil. I’ve tried to look into MCTs and ghee but can’t find much info apart from buffalo ghee appears to contain MCTs but cow ghee doesn’t so much. Have you come across anything in your reading?

    From an Ayurvedic perspective, coconut oil is considered Sweet, Cooling, Sweet, Heavy, decreases Vata and Pitta and increases Kapha and is Sattvic or promotes a peaceful mind. It is used a lot in massage oils during summer due to its super cooling nature. I’ve always found it a little heavier than ghee to eat (hence the ‘filled up’ feeling you’ve described… but love having it in SE Asian dishes and desserty things. But I’ll have to experiment more…

    Have you gotten into ghee much? It is also Sweet, Cooling, Sweet, Light, Tridoshic (good for all constitutions), Sattvic and has the specific qualities of strengthening Agni (metabolism) and is also said to be directly nourishing to Ojas (the Ayurvedic understanding of the foundation of our immune system) so is rad for auto-immune conditions. Let me know what you think xx

    Love
    Nadia

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  • http://www.foodiecure.com.au Becki

    You can add to your results that my cholesterol went down after a year of having a tablespoon every day on my morning porridge.

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  • http://paleoesque.com Clare

    Great post, I LOVE coconut oil. Just a question, can you get the same benefits from coconut in other forms? Or does it have to be the ‘oil’? I love shredded coconut, or coconut ‘chips’ (100% natural/organic) as a snack, and coconut milk of course.. I’m interested to know if they work for you in the same way.. thanks!

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  • Kate

    Does anyone know the nutritional difference between coconut MILK vs. OIL?

    I would think eating fresh coconut (although I’m sure this is hard to come by for many of us) would be the most ideal form of beneficial coconut-iness as it’s incased in all its fibre glory!

    Any thoughts?

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  • Sarah

    I’m also wondering about the whole milk versus oil thing. I live in The Netherlands and apparently, coconut oil is quite hard to come by in my town… But coconut milk you can buy in almost every supermarket. We also have little packages instead of cans :-) PS Sarah, I recently discovered your blog and it is awesome!

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    Lynn Reply:

    Sarah, hi! I live in NL too, and I buy my coconut oil in either a health-food store (reformwinkel) or at De Tuinen. At the latter, I am careful to read the labels, as they also sell what is labelled “coconut oil” but is actually for superficial use only, full of junk. There are also websites like http://purekokosolie.nl/nl/ and http://www.lekkerinmnvel.nl, which sell and deliver….

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  • Sue

    You know l tried eating coconut oil and l gained weight. I felt healthier,but fatter. So what am l doing wrong? I already eat mainly lean protein and vegetable and very little carbs, so l just can’t figure it out. A calorie is a calorie is it not?
    As l don’t normally eat much fat, if l add 2 tbs of CO, per day it would mean l am taking in more calories. So l just can’t figure out how Sarah you don’t gain weight from eating CO?
    How much CO do you have daily and why after lunch, l thought it was better before meals? Your daily energy intake must be very small as you are very slim. I would love to know exactly how much you eat, and exactly how much exercise you do if you would care to share again. Thanks Sue

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    Natalie Reply:

    Sue, I gained weight too. I eat pretty much the same way as you described, which is kinda low calorie, & I started eating some coconut butter every day, & noticed a weight gain in a week. That’s not what I’m looking for! It is more calories added to the diet, so I would assume that’s why. I just use the oil in cooking, as I find it’s easy to overdo it on coconut products (oil, butter, milk, chips) when eating it straight. Especially the butter, as it has a rather sweet taste that is very tempting to revisit! It would also depend on the amount of physical activity one is doing too, as the body does require & want more calories.

    I’m not sure, but with added calories, maybe the body will ease off at a precipice, & the weight gain would slow & stop. But since I’m looking to lose weight, I’m a little reluctant to try that! I have read on other sites about people gaining weight from it. I’ve taken to just using it here & there, rather than every day. There are a lot of benefits that make it worthwhile in using.

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  • June

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  • kate

    Can you explain why the Livestrong website says that unsweetened coconut contains fructose? They are anti-fructose from what I can see, but how does make sense with your view of coconut? I’m eating coconut flakes all the time, so hoping I”m not consuming lots of fructose.

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