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Rachel

Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 2
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Hi! I listened to your podcast about coconut oil and had a question.  I found coconut oil at WalMart of all places and is says Non Hydrogenated and All Natural.  You mentioned that you'd have to find it in a health store so I wasn't sure if it was right.  It doesn't say anything about how it was expelled or extra virgin.  Is it the right stuff?
 
Thanks, Rachel
deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
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If the brand name of your coconut oil is LouAna, then it is not a high quality coconut oil.  One of my students found the LouAna coconut oil at Walmart last year and asked me to check it out.  I wrote to the company and waited an awfully long time for them to reply back to me.  I am including mine and their correspondence below for your review.  I hope this answers your question:

From: "Dee McCaffrey"

Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 12:34:15 -0700

I recently noticed a container of your coconut oil at a Wal-mart store in Arizona. Is the coconut oil that you manufacture a high quality, extra-virgin, unrefined product? Or is it refined? Most coconut oils that I have purchased in the past are clearly labeled to indicate whether it is refined or unrefined. Yours is quite a bit less expensive, so am I to assume the oil is refined? Your package only says that it is "all-natural", which I have found to be a sometimes misleading statement on food products.

I appreciate any information you can give me.

Dee McCaffrey, CDC

From: Turkey Frying [mailto:turkeyfrying@louana.com]

Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 10:20 AM

To: Dee McCaffrey

Subject: Re: Coconut Oil

Hello Dee,

First let us apologize for the delayed response. We experienced server and staffing problems which have now been resolved. We are closely monitoring all emails. Our LouAna Coconut Oil is a refined oil. It is not cold pressed, nor a virgin oil. It is not hydrogenated, not contains any trans fatty acids or cholesterol. Attached is more information on our oil. Thank you for your inquiry and patience.

LouAna Coconut Oil: Ideal for baking, sautéing, and stir-frying, due to its excellent flavor and aroma. Coconut oil contains no trans fat and no cholesterol.

v      Coconut Oil

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil is

o        refined, bleached and deodorized.

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil is not hydrogenated.

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil does not contain any trans fatty acids nor cholesterol.

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil is not cold pressed or a virgin oil.

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil has a 15 month shelf life. Please store in a cool, dark place.

o        Lou Ana Coconut Oil us a great substitute for butter, margarine or cooking oils to sauté or pan fry foods

o        Yes, the same as any vegetable oil. However, even though coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is not a shortening

v      All of Ventura’s coconut oil is imported as crude oil.  It is fully processed and packaged in Louisiana.  No pesticides or other residues are found due to deodorizing, bleaching and refining.

 

v      Coconut oil contains no trans fat.  It is not hydrogenated.  It does contain a much higher level of saturated fat, as compared to typical retail vegetable oils.

 

v      Coconut oil has been used for many years, in the popcorn industry, because of the excellent flavor and aroma.  We are now seeing coconut uses branch out into other areas of home use such as baking, sautéing, stir frying, and margarine substitutes. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS

 

Serving Size 1 Tbsp (14g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 120 Calories from Fat 120

                                    %Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g                 22%

  Saturated Fat 12g        60%

  Trans Fat 0g

  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g

  Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Cholesterol 0mg             0%

Sodium 0mg                  0%

Total Carbohydrate 0g    0%

Protein 0g

Not a significant source of dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 

Coconut Oil and other LouAna oils:

372 highest degrees to fry

440 degrees smoke point

550 degrees flash point

 

 



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Rachel

Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 2
Reply with quote  #3 

That's such a bummer.  It was cheap and convenient.  Oh, well!  Thanks for the responds!

deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
Reply with quote  #4 

Ah yes, a bummer it is.  When I first saw it I too was very skeptical of its purity.  I guess, like with anything else in life, the more it costs, the better the quality.  I sure hope that changes someday.


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Bobbi

Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 1
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I realize this is an old topic - but I just came across this and I'm confused about coconut oil as I have never used it.  The last I knew about it is how bad it was for you many years ago.  Anyway, I'm updating my knowledge but I'm curious why you think this Louann oil is so bad.  Do you actually want a coconut flavor when you use it to bake or for popcorn? Is it the " virgin " part that's important? - and why?   Thanks!
deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
Reply with quote  #6 
Hi Bobbi,
 
Welcome to our message board!
 
I realize you are new to the site and you have come upon this information about coconut oil.  Followers of Plan-D know that coconut oil has been mistakenly accused of raising cholesterol and causing heart disease.  We now know that it is one of the healthiest oils we can eat for many reasons that are outlined in Plan-D, including lowering cholesterol, improving metabolsims, weight loss, regulating blood sugar, and strenghtening the immune system.
 
The LouAnn coconut oil is inferior because it is chemically processed and refined with solvents, just like many of the other cooking oils that are sold.  The miraculous health benefits that coconut oil is known for can only be obtained by consuming a high quality cold pressed unrefined virgin coconut oil.  If the oil is chemically treated through refinement, as with any oil, the health benefits are lost in the processing.
 
You might think that using coconut oil will make all of your food taste like coconuts.  On the contrary, the coconut flavor you are most familiar with is an artificial flavor that is sweetened with refined sugar.  Virgin coconut oil does not have a strong coconut flavor and tastes somewhat buttery and is extremely satisfying. 
 
If you are looking for more information on the health benefits of coconut oil, you can read Plan-D, and also http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
 
 

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Barb114

Registered: 03/25/10
Posts: 4
Reply with quote  #7 
Hi,

What would be the best alternative to coconut oil?  I am allergic to nuts and when I tried the coconut oil, I got a reaction. I am trying to do all that you recommend, but I just can't use anything with nuts or coconuts.
Thanks for your help,
Barb114

deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
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Extra Virgin  Palm oil is an excellent equivalent to coconut oil.  It  has many of the same health benefits.  It is pressed from the red palm fruit and does not come from a nut.  Learn more about it at tropicaltraditions.com

Virgin red palm oil can be purchased in natural food markets.


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deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
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That's a tough one, it's like asking if you should still use something that is past it's expiration date yet still appears to be good. You will have to make that call with what you feel comfortable about putting in your body. Coconut oil absorbs into your body through your skin, and you get the same benefits or it as eating it, when it's a good quality oil. Having said that, if the oil is inferior then you get that effect as well whether you eat it or absorb it through your skin.
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mrsb

Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 2
Reply with quote  #10 

Thanks Dee. I already threw out the Lou Ana 4 days ago. After I bought some NOW organic virgin coconut oil at a local health food store. It's pure white and smells like coconut, as it should. The other could be Crisco for all I know lol

renea225

Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #11 
Are you able to order good quality coconut oil from online? I see there are many websites out there claiming to sell organic virgin coconut oil, but how do I know which one to trust? I'm hoping you have a recommendation...

Thanks!
deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
Reply with quote  #12 
We now have a section on this website called "Plan-D Approved Products."  It is under the "Resources" tab.  Here's the Link that will take you to that page: Plan-D Approved Products_Oils 

When you get to that page, you will see tha I have selected several different brands of coconut oil that are very high quality. 

Also, http://www.tropcialtraditions.com sells high quality coconut oil in large quantities, such as 1 quart jars, 1-gallon pail, and 5-gallon bucket.  Coconut oil is highly stable, requires no refrigeration, and can last for about 5 years at room temperature.

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PerezCruet

Registered: 02/12/12
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Reply with quote  #13 
Researchers say that ketones found in coconut oil have slowed the progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and may actually prevent it. The doctor featured in this video has achieved significant results using the Lou Ana brand, and I'm sure the cold-pressed, virgin Coconut oil would probably work even better. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the to end...

http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/LJO190v1_WS
deemccaffrey

Registered: 05/21/06
Posts: 1,138
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I wrote a great article about using coconut oil to help with Alzheimers.  You can read it here .

One thing that was very important that I wrote in my article was this:

There is a particular brand of coconut oil (Lou Ana) that is prominently staged in the video, and I do not endorse that brand.· It is a refined, bleached, and deodorized coconut oil that has been processed at high temperatures. I don’t doubt that the manufacturer of that coconut oil paid for placement, but it is the brand that Dr. Newport says she used in her husband’s diet.· While it may work for producing ketones in the body to improve memory, it lacks the other important nutrients, such as minerals and antioxidants, that are responsible for coconut oil’s other numerous health benefits.· I recommend extra virgin unrefined coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com).·

Finally, while adding coconut oil into the diet can have a remarkable effect on brain health, coconut ketones alone are not the complete solution. Diet also affects brain health. What you eat can either enhance the effectiveness of ketone therapy or interfere with it. An improper diet can sabotage the beneficial effects produced by coconut ketones. This explains why some Alzheimer’s patients who have simply added coconut oil without making any other changes to their diets have experienced only modest improvement. Some foods and food additives promote neurodegeneration.




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thomasmite996

Registered: 03/28/12
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Reply with quote  #15 
Coconut oil have many hidden benefits for human.
Its oil use in many way and specially use in cooking.
It help to burn fat and reduce over weight.
Coconut oil control blood pressure and cholesterol level. 

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