Why is Coconut Oil Good For You? The Healthiest Oil for Cooking

Girl Eating CoconutA perfect example of a healthy food that has been demonized by mainstream nutrition professionals is coconut oil.

It has mainly gotten a bad rap because it is very high in saturated fat.

But as we know, saturated fat is not so bad and what we’re left with is a perfectly healthy cooking oil.

Coconut Oil Got a Bad Rap in The Past

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat you can find, with around 90% of calories as saturated fat.

Saturated fat was unfairly demonized a few decades ago by a few biased but highly influential scientists. However, new studies show that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease (1, 2, 3).

The initial studies on coconut oil that supposedly demonstrated that it was unhealthy used refined and hydrogenated coconut oil that contained trans fats.

These studies have no relevance to the unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil that is commonly found in health food stores today… which is the subject of this article.

Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Healthy

Coconuts

If coconut fat were bad for you, then we should see some very sick people in populations that eat a lot of it.

But we don’t. Populations who eat a large percentage of calories from coconuts are MUCH healthier than Western nations.

The Tokelauans ate more than 50% of calories as coconut and were the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world. The Kitavans ate up to 17% of calories as saturated fat, mostly from coconut.

Both of these populations had no traces of cardiovascular disease despite the high saturated fat consumption and were overall in exceptional health (4, 5).

Bottom Line: Populations that eat a lot of coconut are in excellent health.

Coconut Oil Has a Unique Composition of Fatty Acids

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very different from most other cooking oils and contains a unique composition of fatty acids.

The fatty acids are about 90% saturated.

This makes coconut oil highly resistant to oxidation at high heats. For this reason, it is the perfect oil for high-heat cooking methods like frying (6).

Additionally, coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Triglycerides (7).

These fatty acids go straight from the digestive tract to the liver, where they are likely to be turned into ketone bodies and provide a quick source of energy.

Epileptic patients on ketogenic diets often use these fats to induce ketosis while allowing for a little bit of carbs in the diet (8).

Bottom Line: Coconut oil is rich in saturated medium chain fatty acids. They are resistant to high heat and can easily turn into ketone bodies in the liver.

Coconut Oil is Rich in Lauric Acid

Open Coconut

The most abundant fatty acid in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid, which is broken down into a compound called monolaurin in the body.

Lauric acid and monolaurin are both very interesting due to the fact that they can kill microbes like bacteria, fungi and viruses.

For this reason, coconut oil can be protective against various infections (9, 10, 11).

Bottom Line: The main fatty acid in coconut is an efficient killer of pathogens.

Coconut Oil, Blood Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease

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Unrefined coconut oil actually improves blood lipid profiles.

In two separate rat studies, virgin coconut oil was compared against copra oil (refined coconut oil) and corn oil.

The virgin coconut oil significantly reduced Total and LDL cholesterol, oxidized LDL, triglycerides and increased HDL (the good) cholesterol (12).

It also had favorable effects on blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status (13).

In a study of women with abdominal obesity, coconut oil increased HDL and lowered the LDL:HDL ratio, while soybean oil increased Total and LDL cholesterol and decreased HDL (14).

Medium chain triglycerides (the fats in coconut oil) have also been shown to reduce blood triglycerides compared to long chain fats (15).

Coconut oil may be protective against heart disease, not the other way around.

Bottom Line: Coconut oil improves blood lipids in both animals and humans.

Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight

Woman Celebrating Successful Weight Loss

There is considerable evidence that coconut oil can help you lose weight.

In a study of 40 women with abdominal obesity, coconut oil reduced waist circumference compared to soybean oil (14) while also improving health markers (see above).

Medium chain triglycerides have also been consistently shown to promote weight loss in both animal and human studies:

  • They increase energy expenditure compared to long chain fats (16).
  • They lead to greater satiety (17, 18).
  • They lead to a greater proportion of the weight lost come from fat, indicating that they may be muscle sparing (19).

Substituting other calorie sources for coconut oil is likely to help you lose weight.

Bottom Line: The fatty acids in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure, improve satiety and help you lose weight.

Coconut Oil Has Other Amazing Health Benefits

Cracked Coconut

Like I mentioned above, coconut oil is likely to turn into ketone bodies in the liver (20).

Ketone bodies can provide energy for the brain. They are particularly useful against epilepsy and may also improve various other disorders.

Coconut oil applied topically can also moisturize skin and protect against hair damage (21, 22).

To top it all off, coconut oil goes with almost any food and tastes awesome.

74 Comments

  1. I love coconut oil! Cook with it every single day. Thanks for the article.

    • Judhika Seonandan says:

      Dear mam – please advise if cooking coconut oil is different to the one we use as a hair oil.

      Thank you + best regards,
      Judhi.

  2. I use coconut oil for oil pulling (kinda like mouthwash) every morning before consuming everything else. If you google oil pulling, it will give you a list of all the awesome benefits. I’m not a believer in all those benefits, but I have noticed that my teeth are whiter and cleaner, and my skin, especially on my face, is clearer and more moisturized.

    • I also oil pull every morning. :) I’ve been oil pulling like this since the end of August 2012. I was inspired when I read that it can eliminate varicose veins and ease join pain. As of today, it hasn’t helped either of those ailments but has significantly whitened my teeth. It’s also the only moisturizer I use on my skin anymore.

  3. Raphael S says:

    Hi Kris,

    Truly the Gods’ nectar :)

    “The virgin coconut oil significantly reduced Total and LDL cholesterol, oxidized LDL, triglycerides and increased HDL (the good) cholesterol”

    - I’m not sure how true this holds for most people, but certainly a grand majority. However, as you know a somewhat significant number of Paleo/Low-Carb adherents using coconut oil tend to see their Total cholesterol increase quite a bit (mine is now at 9.74 mmol/L or 376 mg/dL) as well as their Total LDL cholesterol (mine is now at 7.69 mmol/L or 296.91 mg/dL).

    [Trigs: 1.18 mmol/L -- HDL: 1.51 mmol/L -- ApoB: 2.03...(g/L ??)]

    I have no complaints about these numbers because (except the ApoB) I feel great eating a lot of saturated fat, limiting my omega-6′s and getting as much omega-3′s in as I can through seafood (but allergic to shellfish, damn!). My question is, do you know of any plausible mechanism whereby these numbers can increase (like in my case) rather than lower?
    Thanks!

    PS: for the sake of context, lets say I am not overly stressed, getting 8hrs of sleep and following Paleo easily without indulging in cheat snacks (I can confidently say this is my situation)

  4. I am a coconut oil follower as well, have been taking it daily for 4-5 years. 2 tablespoons per day keeps keeps me from getting ingrown hairs (use topically as well).

    I use it on hair and skin. Also used it as a burns dressing (cycle injury) with some plastic wrap on it. It clears up heat rash (clean and apply)! Not applicable in Iceland but big in tropical areas..

    My dogs get very bad grass allergy rashes and bad breath if they miss their daily coconut oil. People ask me how I get their coats so shiny… Also use it on the dogs to clear up infections :>)

    I think I’m a coconut oil addict!
    Thanks Kris

    • I nearly forgot… I have always looked five years younger but now people think I am 15 years younger… Not sure if that is related.

    • How do you give the coconut oil to your dogs, in their food, rub it on their fur? After I give him baths his skin gets flaky, I use a oatmeal based shampoo. Guess its not really that good.

      I noticed after changing my dogs food that his bad breath was gone & had no more gas that would clear a room! Just thought I would pass that info on.

      Thanks for your info.

      • Hi Dee–
        Bad breath may be caused by what you are feeding your dogs or something related to their teeth. I only give my dogs raw or slightly seared meat. I put coconut oil into raw meat (human grade kangaroo mince) rissoles which I do in bulk and put a little soaked oats to bind them.

        I give them brisket bones (raw) most days or occasionally pig ears. I don’t give them any processed foods or meats or treats that have any fillers such as grains. I also shred a little lettuce with their meals and drizzle a little coconut oil over and they love it.

      • Forgot to reply regarding how to give coconut oil to dogs. I feed it to them by itself in a bowl. The dogs love it straight and will spend hours cleaning the bowl…

        My dogs are short haired, so no shampoo.

  5. I use coconut oil daily as well, on my face, skin, hair, (not daily on hair), and in my cooking however I can sneak it in. If I didn’t eat anything with coconut oil in it that day, I eat a plain full tablespoon of it before bed :)

  6. Brillant article. Love coconut oil myself. What about the claims that it helps with digestive issues as well?

  7. I started using coconut oil a year ago as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner. I have eczema, and coconut oil has worked wonders. My mom has been eating a spoonful of it every day because she says it helps her memory and stabilizes her mood swings. I kept meaning to look up the health benefits of coconut oil to see if this was true.

    Maybe it’s time I start eating coconut oil every day, too.

  8. I live in Nth Queensland, Australia, so coconuts are very plentiful here.

    It is somethething we grew up eating as a child. Even coconut oil, It is something we always used, because it was so versatile.

    Having a similar composition to saturated fats is something I never really knew about untill I read your article.

    Great article Kris,
    Regards, William Bridges.

  9. Great article! Been using the Nutiva extra virgin organic coconut oil for months now and I love it! It is great for cooking and I love the health benefits! My wife and I even use it as a personal lubricant… so much better and less expensive than KY or Astroglide and it even tastes good too so you don’t have to draw any limits once it is applied! :)

  10. Coconut oil is also uniquely beneficial for the brain. The medium chain fats in coconut oil are broken down into ketones by the liver and can cross the blood-brain barrier providing instant energy to brain cells.

    You may think that treating Alzheimer’s with coconut oil sounds like a bunch of bunk, but the drug companies don’t. One company has come up with a prescription-only “medical food” called Axona that provides ketones, similar to those in coconut oil.

  11. If coconut fat was bad for you, then we should see some very sick people in populations that eat a lot of it.

    If coconut fat WERE…

    • Hmm… I’m not so sure about that. Could be wrong though.

      I’m using “fat” in the singular form, not the plural. If I was using “fats” – then I’d use “were.”

      • It’s hypothetical (unreal) conditional.

        If I were rich, I’d buy a yacht.

        If coconut oil were bad for you…

        • Ian Hutch says:

          Being very grammatically pedantic, it’s a ‘subjunctive’ rather than an ‘indicative’ mood. What Steve says about the ‘hypothetical’ is the key to ‘I was’ versus ‘I were’. Not many people bother with such precise grammar these days, but it’s still interesting to weirdos like me (perhaps that should be ‘like I’ as it’s a shortened form of ‘like I am’). Who cares, as long as we can understand & that’s the beauty of English as it is understandable even if it were spoken atrociously!

      • Were is a rhetorical helping verb. Was is a past participle. Were is the correct usage!

      • You’re absolutely right Kris. “Was” is the singular form and you used it correctly.

  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_oil

    Coconut oil is far, FAR worse for you than canola oil.

    • Simply not true.

      Saturated fat has been repeatedly demonstrated to be harmless. If you actually read the article and look at the references in it, then you will see why coconut oil actually has health benefits despite the saturated fat content.

      The article you cited doesn’t list a single source that actually proves that coconut oil is bad.

      For that, you need controlled trials, such as this one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19437058 < -- which actually shows that coconut oil is perfectly healthy.

      Check out this article on saturated fat, and the references in it: http://authoritynutrition.com/top-8-reasons-not-to-fear-saturated-fats/

    • Wikipedia articles are not created by experts but by people willing to write and contribute. Thus, they contain much incorrect information. I am a dietician working for a cardiologist. He does not provide all of the information I use to advise his patients. He simply does not have the time to comb through all of the new studies and evaluate them. It is my job. For a least ten years now it has been fairly well known that canola oil is one of the worst oils for our bodies, especially our hearts.

      I’m going to be blunt and hope that you heed my warning: if you’re relying on Wikipedia for your medical knowledge, I hope you have your will and finances in order and your funeral or memorial services planned for your loved ones.

  13. Teresa Wilkerson says:

    My husband has Parkinson’s and my daughter and son in law said it would help with his Parkinson. Hope it helps. He has had Parkinson’s for 16 years and it is getting worse as the days go by. It is not a fun job dealing with the problems that Parkinson’s brings to a person.

    I have so many things I have to deal with my husband and the problems we are facing with this crazy disease. So far no cure but help with DBS surgery-Deep Brain Surgery also different medicines. Some medicines help but it depends on the type of problems the person is having with the disease.

    I would love to have my husband back like he used to be-being able to go fishing, drive and so many other things. Being a care giver is not an easy thing to do with this disease. My mother is 84 and she helps me with him when I am at work-such an amazing woman which has problems of her own also. Enough said….

    • Hi Teresa,

      Have you tried a DHA-EPA supplement for your husband? I have heard this helps, especially the ones having ethyl-EPA… Please explore this, and give this to your husband after consulting a good doctor. My best wishes.

      -Sudarshan

  14. Judy Davis says:

    Great article, but how can I look up reference #’s 21 and 22 about the skin benefits of coconut oil?

  15. Monique says:

    I was very, very sick, first with oral thrush, then food poisoning from Sushi, in hospital for a week. No matter what I ate or didn’t eat, how many times I brushed my teeth, DRAGON BREATH! Then I learned about Virgin Coconut Oil and “pulling”. Within days my breath was perfect, use it on my skin now and will eat it daily!!! It’s fantastic, my husband who has Candida will start today, his tongue looks like a white carpet. Will keep you updated.

  16. Helen West says:

    Hey Kris,

    I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this article re Coconut Oils:

    http://scepticalnutritionist.com.au/?p=844

    • He certainly did a good job of cherry picking and avoiding the actual studies that test coconut oil itself.

      I would ignore this guy, he didn’t include the controlled trials in coconut showing health benefits (12-14), the populations that eat tons of coconut and are in excellent health, or the massive review studies showing that the evidence at a whole shows no association between saturated fat and heart disease.

      This is the type of nutritionists that gives nutritionists a bad name. A cherry picker who uses inferior studies to support his biased view, while he excludes much better and stronger evidence because it doesn’t fit with his beliefs.

      Btw, there are a lot of wild claims about coconut oil out there, many of which are ridiculous. It’s not a “miracle” food or a “cure” for Alzheimer’s, but it is a very healthy cooking oil, IMO the healthiest cooking oil. This guy is trying to make the case that it is downright harmful, which is absolute nonsense.

      • Thank you for the clarification. Also, it is my understanding that inflammation is at the foundation of heart disease and the like. I have found NO studies that associate a coconut’s saturated fat with inflammation and/or cholesterol build-up. As scientific as science can be, it often contradicts itself. :) I say, use what works and enjoy it!

  17. This is a great PDF about coconut oil and Dementia

    http://www.coconutketones.com/whatifcure.pdf

  18. I do believe that coconut oil is good for us. However, it can still be confusing when my jar of Spectrum Organic says “saturated fat = 14grams”… no trans—good… then I look at the unsaturated fats, that are only 1% monounsaturated.

    Where is the accountability for the other 13%? If I didn’t know better, I could think, as many do, that coconut oil is “full of bad saturated fats.” Can someone explain?

  19. In this Cleveland Clinic article the author(s) make a very clear warning against using MTCs, including coconut oil, for cooking. Can you tell me what your take is on this subject? I would love to start using coconut oil as a cooking oil, but am hesitant due to the warnings contained in the article whose address I am including below.

    I would be grateful for any light you might be able to shed on this matter. Thank you in advance.

    Copy and paste this address into your browser

    http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/Features/Pages/MediumChainTriglycerides.aspx

    The name of the article is MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES It is on the Cleveland Clinic website and contains this warning:

    * *ADVISORY* *
    Re-heated coconut oil is dangerous; therefore it should NOT be used as a cooking oil. Be cautious of palm oils mixed into other products. Saturated fat may increase long-term risk of cancer.

    It this something they had to put in the article to cover their own backs or does it have some merit?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Cooking with coconut oil is fine, I have no idea why these people would write that. They don’t link to any sources to support their claims.

    • The article references hydrogenated coconut oil as heated oil and that they would not suggest “re-heating” it. They would “consider” cold-pressed coconut oil as a cooking oil though, as reiterated on the lower portion of the article.

  20. Stephen Budge says:

    Modern science believes that olive oil is healthier than coconut oil. If you don’t trust science than take a dice to the grocery store and test your luck.

  21. Monique says:

    Hi, I wrote on 26th of May how much Oil pulling benefited me. My husband has been doing it since, his tongue looks SOOO much better and for the first time in years he can TASTE his food properly.

    I live in Melbourne Australia and bought Coconut Oil bulk cos it was cheaper then buying 300 g glass jars as we use it for cooking etc now as well. But this batch, from a different company, even though it says that it is Virgin, organic and unrefined, the colour is NOT Snow White and the coconut smell and taste is VERY faint.

    Kris do you know WHY that is so and do I still get all the benefits? Do you know where in Melbourne Australia I can get the BEST coconut Oil in bulk? Thank you in anticipation.

  22. These studies were really interesting, but they are only THREE studies. You simply cannot state fact with 3 studies. Research takes years and years to establish stable trends hence why the diabetes and heart foundations have not changed their guidelines to fit your three ground-breaking studies. And while saturated fat might not be so strongly linked to atherosclerosis and CVD, obesity is. Here, let me throw in three studies to balance it out, I guess then it will be hard to disagree with me, right?

    http://jn.nutrition.org/content/142/5/824.short
    http://ajpgi.physiology.org/content/303/5/G589.short
    http://pen.sagepub.com/content/37/4/517.short

    My home city is Auckland, New Zealand. The largest Polynesian centre in the world. I work in health care and obesity is a huge issue, primarily because the Polynesian diet consists heavily of tropical oils (coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut oil) which they use in everyday cooking. You only have to look up world’s fattest countries to see that their “tropical” diet doesn’t really work in health’s favour: Nauru, Micronesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau, Kiribati are all in the TOP TEN most obese countries.

    What is their main ingredient in food? COCONUT! While you may not get CVD, or clogged arteries.. you may be at risk for everything else obesity brings with it – metabolic syndrome, diabetes, neuropathy, cancer, sleep apnea…. I tempt you to visit one of these nations and see whether their diet of coconut oil is helping them to lose weight….. Everything in moderation, but to say eating something that is 90% saturated fat is healthy is plain absurd. See you on the cardiac ward.

    • Uhh… it’s not the number of studies that counts, it’s the quality of them. The studies you linked to make me think you don’t know how to interpret scientific studies.

      The largest, highest quality studies on saturated fat show that it is harmless. That’s what counts, period.

      You can read more about it here: http://authoritynutrition.com/it-aint-the-fat-people/

      Saturated fat is NOT associated with obesity either, sorry but that’s just nonsense. I’m pretty sure these populations you speak of have adopted the Western diet, even though they may still include coconut. It is a well known fact that populations rapidly become obese when they adopt the western diet.

    • We have the same problem here in the southwest US where Native American populations have a huge problem with obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism. It is because they have abandoned their traditional diet to a Western/modern diet in just one or two generations.

    • The main reason why obesity and other illnesses is at large amongst Pacific Islanders is because of the food that was introduced by Westerners in the 1800s like beef, flour, spam, etc. A traditional polynesian diet consisted mainly of fish, seafood & whatever they grew on the land.

    • “My home city is Auckland, New Zealand” – Well this would certainly explain your arrogance Ping…

      Kris is correct – Most of the Polynesian countries have adopted the western diet – which is high in simple carbohydrates and sodium.

      Of course the minute that you combine simple sugars and saturated fats, you have an “oil and water” mix which is a disaster every time.

      My home town is Sydney Australia – which has what to do with the price of fish Ping?

    • LOL Ping. Why not go visit the household of one of your clients?

      You may be surprised to find tinned beef mixed with taro is more a staple than coconuts and of course not forgetting other introduced Western products like American takeaway. Isn’t it slightly arrogant to think the expats in NZ are eating their original diets from back home? Hmmm I don’t think NZ has too many coconuts growing.

      One final point. Look at the early explorers sketches of the Polynesian peoples. All tall, powerfully built, with not a gram of fat. Nuff said.

  23. I’ve suffered with my intestines for 15 years. No Dr can give me a cure for my ulcerative colitis and fibromyalgia. I’m giving it a try. I’m at my wits end. The oil is cheaper than 600.00 a month for the medicine. I’ll update in a few months.

  24. Perhaps it is the scientist in me, but if you are going to publish an article claiming such characteristics about coconut oil, then the research to back up the claims should be preferably dated 10 years or less. Even then, the best research to support claims should be less than 5 years old.

    Altering people’s thought to a substance that “may” or “may not” harm them should be backed by concrete evidence. I have read more modern articles that give better credidation for such claims made. As with all claims. There is no guarantee, I for one don’t want to have chosen wrong, and end up with circulatory problems.

    • I disagree, 5 year old studies are not necessarily any better than 15 year old studies. Even so, many of the studies I cite in the article were published within the last 5 years.

      • It’s not about the age of the study — it’s about the rigor of it. This means statistical significance given a large number and good design of a given study. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Your information is dangerous.

        What is your education?

  25. Hi Kris, great article. Do we get the same benefits from refined coconut oil too?

    Vivek.

  26. Hi Kris, great article. Do we get the same benefits from refined coconut oil too?

    Vivek.

  27. VCO is not only great stuff for the inside, but also for the outside. It cured a persistent case of athletes foot I had been experiencing. No joke, it really did and the condition hasn’t returned. It’s amazing stuff.

  28. Kris! So glad, in my six months of R-chop I did my homework in alternative medicine and thank goodness in my taking -up of coconut pulling, eating it raw and smothering onto my baldly head. It sooooo worked!!

    Sick of so called ‘Professionals in the know’ dissing it. It worked and is still working for me!

    I had absolutely awful thrush in my throat because of the 960mg of antibiotics three times a week I had to take and the antivirals too! The thrush in my throat was like broken glass and after, my practice nurse told me it was just that after a swab!

    No way in the gods that be could only coconut oil pulling and gargling could get rid of that? IT DID! Glad I took control and am still doing just that! I have now got the complete remission ‘words’ last month and I know it was not just the chemo, but how I have ‘Helped’ my body. Lymphoma – Go to Hell!

  29. Hi, i would like to thank you for this article. I am from Kerala (meaning land of coconuts), which is the southern most state in India. Coconut oil (not cream) is widely used for cooking, medicinal (Ayurvedic) and other industrial purposes. People here use coconuts and its oil on a day-to-day basis. It’s hard to find an obese person in this part of the world.

  30. Had a look at scepticalnutritionist. This is on his CV

    “Goodman Fielder, Kellogg Australia, Australian Oilseeds Federation and The Food Group. Speaking fees have been received from the Dietitians Association of Australia.”

    OMG he speaks for the oilseed federation (against coconut oil). ‘nuf said…

  31. Great article! I used coconut oil for cooking chicken (before I went meatless) and it gave it such a delicious flavor! I also use it to treat my damaged hair and slip it in smoothies. It helps keep me regular (in the bathroom) and I feel so clean and refreshed. I read the other article about Oil Pulling and I definitely plan to start doing that. Coconut oil has ridiculous benefits!!

  32. Niniek Rofiani says:

    Nice article. Here is the thing, I really want to start 2014 with some natural organic body care. Can somebody here show me which coconut oil can be use as body care (body lotion or body butter, for hair care)? Does it have to be virgin coconut oil or can we use coconut cooking oil (mainly used for cooking)? Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Niniek. Just plain ol’ coconut oil is fine (IMHO). Some may have issues with organic or not but in my many travels to south east Asia I have never seen a coconut tree sprayed or fertilized (no need and too expensive for poor locals anyway), in other words they are all organic.

  33. I bought my first batch of coconut oil and I’m so excited to try it!! And it’s funny, my teacher was teaching us about lipids and fats and he said that coconut oil was the worst… He didn’t back it up with anything but he said that sunflower oil is better :p I wish I had told him this.

  34. PING: I am polynesian, born and bred on westerner food.

    My parents grew up in the islands on pure coconut oil, cream and fish.

    My cousins who lived there had amazing fit lean bodies, however when they moved to NZ, it all changed. They are now obese, eating white bread, white sugar and white flour.

    Thanks Ping.

  35. Kelley T. says:

    1 year of a dermatologist treating my daughter as a guinea pig only to find out she had psoriasis(8 years old).

    One year of chemical laden shampoos, foams, oils, steroidal/ topical creams for face and body… to no avail (9 years old). 1&1/2 years of organic African soap & shampoo and gasp… dare I say it… coconut oil for moisturizer; scalp, hair, face and body.

    She has very few out breaks, only when she hasn’t kept up with the coconut oil after showering, or severe stress (fracturing her ankle). The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in coconut oil have helped clear up and create a happy, confident 11 year old.

    Sorry, but big pharmacies no longer has my confidence or huge co-pays.

  36. Laura Hogg says:

    This may be a daft question but I’m a fat westerner only just learning about coconut oil so bare with me ;-P

    Are you guys using the same coconut oil for cooking that you are on your skin/hair? Thanks :)

    • Kelley T. says:

      @ Laura Hogg

      …haha @ “fat westerner”. Us too… it was like we finally woke up in the matrix and everything we knew to be real wasn’t.

      Yes, the same organic cold pressed coconut oil for everything… just not the same jar (that would be gross).

      Sometimes I warm it up and add a few drops of essential oils depending on the need for the week, body part or ailment. Lavender works like a charm for before bed moisturizing (ahhh so calming). There are recipes out there to make a cream moisturizer.

      Enjoy your journey!

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