Sunday, December 23, 2012

Coconut Oil, Yes or No?

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I have always heard the coconut oil was bad for you.  I remember hearing that it was one of the most dangerous oils due to its high saturated fat content.  But I do like having it around the house.  I've used it for shaving for some time.  However, when I took the vegan cooking class with Myra Kornfeld at the Natural Gourmet Institute I blogged about yesterday, we used coconut oil in everything.  

When I asked Chef Kornfeld about whether coconut oil was safe, she explained that it was one of the healthiest oils and that it was great to cook with in a vegan kitchen.

Of course, I did my homework.  I found that the studies that reviewed the health impacts were done on partially hydrogenated coconut oil, not the virgin oils that are available in today's market.  Indeed, there is no evidence that I could find that the oil is unhealthy.  Quite the opposite.   

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