Coconut Oil Is the Key to Better Homemade Pancakes
It's time to admit it: butter burns. Here's why you should try coconut oil instead.Blame it on the protein. As Serious Eats explains here, butter contains fat, water, and protein; when it's melted the water evaporates (it's the thing that causes butter to foam if you cook it on the stove for a while) but the proteins, having nowhere else to go, break down and burn. That's why clarified butter is good for high-heat stovetop cooking: the proteins have been previously removed, and what's left is pure butterfat.
Brierley Horton MS, RD responds to readers comments on a story we published regarding why coconut oil is not the healthiest choice on the market. Both canned coconut milk and refrigerated coconut milk beverages are lower in calories and saturated fat than coconut oil .
Brierley Horton MS, RD responds to readers comments on a story we published regarding why coconut oil is not the healthiest choice on the market. We decided to give our Director of Nutrition , Brierley Horton MS, RD, the opportunity to take some of the most popular or thought-provoking
Last week, a bit of news gave us the chance to(and it felt good!): Coconut oil is one health trend we’ve been ready to wave goodbye to since it first starting trending.
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Our nutritionist answers all your burning health-related coconut questions, about coconut water, oil , flakes, and more.
Coconut is an exotic food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same
We'veon the benefits of the sat-fat heavy oil. While it's okay (moderation in everything!) for adding a touch of flavor ( , say), using it all the time just isn't a great idea. And we were glad when .
Boy, did you have #feelings. Some of you agreed, some disagreed, and many of you had thought-provoking points to make. We read all the comments you posted—and loved hearing from you (#truth)! So when we saw this:
“This was an eye opener until I read the comments. I would like to know what @cookinglight’s response is to these comments.” —Betsy Jones-Burgmeier
...we thought "yaasss," let’s do it! We decided to give our Director of Nutrition, Brierley Horton MS, RD, the opportunity to take some of the most popular or thought-provoking comments (all edited here, for clarity and concision) and offer her response. Thank you all for your comments—and keep them coming!
Coconut Oil Sales Plummet as Everyone Realizes What We've Been Saying All Along
Coconut Oil Sales Plummet as Everyone Realizes What We've Been Saying All AlongWe're not shocked to be reporting that coconut oil—once known as a healthier-for-you Paleo alternative—is now no longer en vogue with home cooks. We've previously covered how coconut oil's high levels of saturated fat can negatively affect your cholesterol level, and how the American Heart Association recommends opting instead for other heart-healthy oils.
Coconut oil could be a natural alternative to fight the bacteria that causes tooth decay (6) . Rubbing a few Skin health: Coconut oil has antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that could provide relief Do you use coconut oil to your child? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
We started to add coconut oil in our tea in the morning for added fat for fuel. In my practice, I have seen coconut oil support everything from The saturated fat in coconut is considered a medium-chain fatty acids, which is the fat that is found in breast milk for brain and nervous system development.
“My grandparents ate the same foods. Lots of bread, butter, and meat with few veggies. Grand mom's cholesterol ranged in the high 200’s to low 300’s. Grandpop's was normal. He died of a heart attack. She died from natural causes. Genetics is far more important than any of this.” —Karen Mitchell
BH: Great point, Karen. Genetics and family history play a significant role in your risk for developing heart disease, or other heart-related conditions, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. But they're not the only factors, which is why it's important to eat well—especially if you have a history of heart disease in your family!
“Well this doesn’t apply to me since I don’t use it for cooking. I use it on my skin and hair.” —Myla Jones
That... that's true then. If you're not consuming it, the saturated fat concerns don't apply. And some staffers and editors here say that’s—so by all means, enjoy!
10 things we didn't know about coconut oil: From myths to miracle uses
It's no secret that coconut oil is pretty amazing, but some things we've heard seem too good to be true, so we asked the experts.But some of the tips we've heard sound too good to be true — like coconut oil as sunscreen ... really? So TODAY teamed up with a few experts to get the scoop on what the oil really can do, and which tips are, well, snake oil.
Does coconut oil help you lose weight? Is it actually good for your heart? Our nutritionists answers your top questions about the highly debated fat. A Harvard Professor Called Coconut Oil ‘Pure Poison’—Here’s What You Need to Know. Our nutritionist explains everything you've ever wondered
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“What about coconut milk?” —Eileen Buhmiller
This is a great question! Both cannedand refrigerated coconut milk beverages are lower in calories and saturated fat than coconut oil.
One tablespoon of canned coconut milk has about 30 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat. A cup of refrigerated coconut milk beverage has 20 calories and about 1 ½ grams of saturated fat. A tablespoon of coconut oil? It has 120 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat.
“The American Heart Association is a corporation and like any corporation it has investors, sponsors and donors and I can guarantee that none of them are from the coconut oil industry!” —William McCarthy
That they do, William, that they do.
But their paper was based on science, written by well-respected leaders in the medical and nutrition science industries, and. It wasn’t written by investors, sponsors, or donors. And they have a vested interest in providing information that will best help Americans decrease their risk of heart disease—there's no reason to think that's not what they're doing here.
Easter Candy, ranked from better to worst
Craving a Cadbury Egg? Enjoy it, be done with it and get back on track. 'Tis the season for dyeing Easter eggs — and snacking on chocolate ones. Worried you'll wreck your healthy eating streak come Easter Sunday? Well, because your favorite pastel-packaged spring candies wouldn't exactly be classified as health food, consider this permission to live a little!Know that term "in moderation?" That's how we should treat Easter, says Jessica Levinson, R.D.N., C.D.N., culinary nutrition expert. "If we restrict ourselves and don't have any of the candy, then we feel deprived and may end up overdoing it at some point.
Coconut oil is incredibly healthy and versatile… as long as you’re willing to get past the misconception that saturated fat is evil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps fight bacteria and makes it extremely difficult for viruses and fungi to survive.
Coconut oil is heavy in unhealthy saturated fats, the professor warns. In addition to coconut oil , other foods that are high in saturated fat include butter, hard cheese, ghee, sausages and meat pies. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of
“I have noticed over the last couple of years that a lot of AHA’s research ends with recommendations for drugs over healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and occasional treats that make life fun and worth living.” —Dena Sigma
We haven’t taken inventory of all of the AHA’s recommendations, but they do have recommendations for aon their site. But we absolutely agree that the occasional treat is a must, even in the healthiest of diets.
“Coconut oil is healthy as part of the whole coconut. Coconut oil is like drinking the apple juice. I understand the flavor, feel and source is different than lard. I totally get that. But the…solid fat is what makes it stick in our arteries and leads to hyperlipidemia. Our bodies don't actually care if it came from a fruit or a pig.” —Rebecca Russell
Eat the whole coconut (or at least the parts that are edible!) and you’ll get some fiber and protein with the fat, but eat just the coconut oil and all you’ll get is fat.
Eat an apple and you’ll get fiber and good-for-you polyphenols. Drink the juice and you’re just getting (natural) sugar. So your analogy that coconut oil is like apple juice is fair, in that the whole food will give you more of the good stuff.
You also make another good point—it doesn’t matter where the saturated fat comes from—be it from coconut oil, a hamburger, a pastry, or ice cream—your body treats it the same way.
This Nutritionist’s Favorite Costco Finds All Cost $10 or Less
Your shopping lists are about to get a whole lot healthier.Forget what you’ve heard: eating healthy doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. That’s especially true for Costco shoppers, who, according to writer and nutritionist Heather McClees, have access some incredible deals on healthy staples.
Coconut oil is enjoying popularity as a widely used cooking and beauty oil . With proper storage, this slightly fragrant oil will keep for up to 2 years. wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article meets our high quality standards.
Heated coconut oil has the lowest level of aldehydes and other harmful chemicals out of those measured.’’ Besides the many health benefits that coconut oil provides, it is the most heat-stable fat to cook with. Our Nutritionist Responds to Reader Comments on Coconut Oil . Hope this is helpful.
“I use it on my face, as a massage oil, for teeth oil pulling, and for cooking. I have reduced my intake of processed foods, salts and carbs. Guess what? My numbers are incredible and I’m in the best health of my life.” —Erico Gonzalez
Erico—bravo—for sticking to oil pulling. Seriously. I tried it and couldn’t hack it.
You might be giving coconut oil a little too much credit for being in the best health of your life, though. The fact that you're cutting back on processed foods, salt, and refined carbohydrates probably plays a bigger role there.
“It’s the best moisturizer and eye makeup remover I’ve ever used.” —Susan Fernandez via Facebook
Oookay... Sure! I’m seeing a trend here: coconut oil. Have at it!
“Canada oil aka canola oil is not healthy for you.” —Melanie Young
#Sorrynotsorry, Melanie, but no.
Canola oil is. It’s an unsaturated, or “healthy,” fat. It’s one of the few oils that’s rich in the omega-3 fat ALA. And research shows it may help lower total and “bad” LDL cholesterol. Plus it has a relatively high smoke point, so it's great for cooking with!
“People who jump on the bandwagon every time something new comes out get what they deserve. Why not just use some common sense?” —Susan Sitiko
Oh, Susan, I couldn’t agree more. I’m sending you a virtual high five.
“From all of the studies I have read, the MCTs in coconut oil have shown amazing results for heart health in comparison to other oils. Not all saturated fats are created equal. Coconut oil has so many healing properties and the power of MCTs is undeniable.” —Jessica Theresa
MCTs—short for—have been shown to have some benefits: one study found they slightly boosted calorie burn, another found they increased hormones that quell your appetite and make you feel full, and other studies have looked at MCTs and diabetes management, exercise endurance, and brain function in people with Alzheimer’s.
But, to be honest, the pool of research is still on the small side. And it seems like most of the research has been done with MCT oil supplements, not coconut oil.
There is research, however, on coconut oil and heart health. Unfortunately it's pretty mixed: The tropical oil was found to raise “good” HDL cholesterol yes, but it also boosts your “bad” LDL cholesterol.
“Thank god. Maybe now I’ll stop hearing ‘Put some coconut oil on it’ for everything from eczema to a gunshot wound.” —Ruis Christine
I think it’s better that you say this, Ruis—not me. But I’ll loan you my soapbox.
“I can confirm this study with personal experience. My cholesterol has always been good. But once I started adding coconut oil to my drink (2 teaspoons per day), thinking that it's good for my health, it shot up to 235. After I cut out coconut oil for 3 months, it went back down to 161.” —Fanny Armstrong
Aaaand, I rest my case. Thank you, Fanny!
The thirst for coconut water stimulates Brazilian production
Boosted for its nutritional benefits, fashionable by celebrities who display their briquettes by hand, coconut water has seen its production intensify in Brazil, boosted by rising domestic and global consumption .
The world's fourth largest producer of coconut, far behind Indonesia, the Philippines and India, Brazil stands out from its Asian counterparts by producing green coconut, from which coconut water is extracted.
The South American country is the world's leading producer of the famous beverage . Of the 1.9 billion coconuts harvested in Brazil in 2015, twice as much as 20 years earlier, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 70 percent was green.
"Ten years ago, dry nuts, which produce milk and coconut oil, accounted for half of the national harvest," says Francisco Porto, president of the National Union of Coconut Producers of Brazil (Sindcoco).
- More and more coconut palms -
The area occupied by coconut groves has changed little since 1990, from 210,000 hectares to 251,661 hectares today, according to data from Embrapa, a public agricultural research institute.
While giant coconut trees, used for the production of dry nuts, still occupy the majority of plantations, especially in northeastern Brazil, the cultivation of dwarf coconut palms, used for green coconuts, and whose productivity is four times higher, has nevertheless gained ground. It is intensively developed in new regions by large producers and agro-industrial companies.
"The growth of the cultivation of coconut palms intensified about 15 or 20 years ago, because of the increase of the demand of coconut water", explains to AFP Humberto Rollemberg Fontes, agronomist of Embrapa.
Unlike giant coconut plantations, "these plantations have developed with an irrigation system and [...] adequate phytosanitary control, "he adds.
Some 100,000 hectares are now dedicated to growing dwarf coconut palms.
- Market growth in sight -
On the consumer side, the Brazilian coconut water market was shattered in the early 2000s, when Luiz Otávio Pôssas Gonçalves, founder of the Kero Coco brand, started marketing the drink in bricks, an activity that has become very lucrative.
The drink, which until then had been drinking only from fruit, had a very limited shelf life. In briquette, she began to move away from the beaches to reach the large urban centers in the south-east of the country, where her consumption has continued to grow.
According to a 2016 Euromonitor study, the Brazilian coconut water market is expected to grow at an average annual volume of 9.2% by 2020, taking market share in soft drinks, which are still appreciated by consumers. the Brazilians.
Faced with such prospects, and eager to improve their image, some giants of soft drinks and spirits were quick to position themselves in this segment. In 2009, the American group PepsiCo had already acquired the brand Kero Coco, market leader. As for the Brazilian Ambev, she bought the carioca brand Do Bem in 2016.
Brazilian coconut water can also count on the enthusiasm of the American and European markets. "Last year, our water sold more in the United States than in Brazil, whereas five years ago, Americans did not buy much," said Roberto Lessa, CEO of Aurantiaca, Producer of the brand Obrigado, third in the Brazilian market.
"Europe should follow the same path, today we sell half of our production abroad, but by 2025 we plan to sell three quarters of it," he adds. . By then, the group will have increased its production capacity by 50%.
7 Nutritionists Share The One Food They Eat Every Single Day .
Add these to your grocery list. What's for dinner? What about breakfast? Lunch? Pre-workout fuel? Midnight snack? Every day, you make hundreds of decisions about what to eat and drink. Yes, really: Recent research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that we typically make more than 200 food-related choices a day - holy hoagie! And while variety is important when deciding what to put in your mouth (different foods offer different health benefits), keeping a few nutritious staples in the rotation can combat "decision fatigue," and help you stick to your healthy eating goals.