Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coconut Oil-The Rock Star

I LOVE coconut oil. It is the only thing I cook. I do also use some extra virgin olive oil, but I have phased out of using it to cook with and only use it for homemade salad dressings.

If you are dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, thyroid issues, or any other health concern it is imperative to eliminate food toxins and rancid oils from your diet, as they are an additional stressor to your body. Olive oil is a lot more delicate than coconut oil when heated, causing it to become rancid (oxidative damage).

And don't forget about the toxins we put on our skin. Grab a jar of coconut oil before you reach for the latest 'beauty' lotion on the store shelf. Therock star oil is packed full of great benefits for skin :o).

My favorite brand of coconut oil is here.

To learn more about the benefits of coconut oil check out some of Dr. Mercola's article below:
(For the full article visit: http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/)

Peek Inside My Pantry to See the Only Oil I Cook With
If you could peek inside my pantry, you would find two oils that I use in food preparation.
The first, extra-virgin olive oil, is a better monounsaturated fat. It works great as a salad dressing.
However, it is not the best oil to cook with. Due to its chemical structure, cooking makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.

And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking. These omega-6 oils are highly susceptible to heat damage because of all the double bonds they have.

I strongly urge you to throw out those omega-6 vegetable oils in your cabinets. Why?
Reason #1: Most people believe that frying creates trans fats. That is not the major problem, in my opinion. Although some are created, they are relatively minor. There are FAR more toxic chemicals produced by frying omega-6 oils than trans fats.

Frying destroys the antioxidants in oils and as such oxidizes the oils. This causes cross-linking, cyclization, double-bond shifts, fragmentation and polymerization of oils that cause far more damage than trans fats.
Reason #2: They contribute to the overabundance of omega-6 fats in your diet, and the imbalance of the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. As you know from my extensive writing on this subject, I believe that excessive consumption of omega-6 fats contributes to many health concerns.

There is only one oil that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, while it also helps you promote heart health, maintain normal cholesterol levels and even supports weight loss -- coconut oil.

So, whenever you need an oil to cook with, use coconut oil instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes. Even though I don't fully recommend frying foods, if you must fry, by all means use coconut oil -- it's your smartest choice.
Curiously, coconut oil contains the most saturated fat of all edible oils. We continue to be inundated by media portrayals of saturated fats as dangerous, but now you know better. And now you should have more peace of mind, knowing that you're making the right choice by using great-tasting Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil Is Not Just For Cooking & Eating -- Your Skin Likes It, Too

The benefits of Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil don't stop in your kitchen. For decades, professional massage therapists have used pure coconut oil to knead away tight stressed muscles.
However, you don't have to be a professional massage therapist to gain the skin and tissue support benefits of coconut oil. Feel free to use this high-quality coconut oil as you would any lotion.

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

In fact, physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D. considers coconut oil to be an antioxidant, due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. Plus, he feels it reduces our need for the antioxidant protection of vitamin E.

Like Dr. Peat, many experts believe coconut oil may help restore more youthful-looking skin. When coconut oil is absorbed into the skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Coconut oil will not only bring temporary benefits to the skin, but it will aid in restoring your skin's youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. It also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying tissues.
Responders to the Mercola.com survey provided remarkable feedback on how Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil supported healthy skin, including:
  • Smoothing and moisturizing effects
  • Promoted skin elasticity
  • Convenient eye make-up remover
  • Use in shaving applications


  1. I haven't seen coconut oil at my local grocery. I will try a specialty store. Very interesting article. Thanks.

    Mary Squires

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed reading :o). I included a link in my post for the coconut oil that I prefer to use. It is Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil. You can order it on amazon, the website I included in my link, or find it at an organic grocery store like Whole Foods.

  3. i like the coconut oil from dr. robert cassar's Earthshiftproducts.com. here's one of his many amazing lectures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYpe3OGXmb4&NR=1. he might even mention it in this one (coconut oil); can't remember as i watch him so much these days.

  4. Meg, I've been battling these issues for many years. I recommend you read The Ultramind Solution. God bless!