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50% cheaper than buying direct at Nutiva.com!

50% cheaper than buying direct at Nutiva.com!

Also cheaper than buying direct from Nutiva.com

Also cheaper than buying direct from Nutiva.com

This isn't the same bottle, but it is the same 24oz. $9.99 Costco. $19.99 Nutiva.com

This isn’t the same bottle, but it is the same 24oz. $9.99 Costco. $19.99 Nutiva.com

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This is my favorite oatmeal. I eat it every morning, but it still takes me a few months to tackle this 7lb monster.

$5.29 for 4LBS. It's $3 for 1 LB anywhere else.

$5.29 for 4LBS. It’s $3 for 1 LB anywhere else.

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$12.99

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Wait, isn’t coconut oil full of saturated fat and bad for your heart?

It’s true, coconut oil is high in saturated fat. However, contrary to popular belief, coconut oil does not contribute to higher cholesterol levels. The reason for this is because of the MCFAs. By nature, these medium-chain fatty acids are burned almost immediately for energy production and thus are not converted to body fat or cholesterol like other fats do. Additionally, coconut oil’s high lauric acid content has been shown to increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and decreasing the LDL/HDL ratio.

People who live in tropical regions have traditionally consumed diets high in saturated fats. This includes consuming more coconut oil than other parts of the world. According to the University of Michigan Health System, tropical populations, such as the Polynesians, tend to have lower instances of heart disease than those in Western countries. Eating coconut oil with a healthful diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a study conducted in 1981 by I.A. Prior, which examined the relationship between coconuts and cholesterol in the Polynesian diet.

Coconut oil as a cooking oil.

Coconut oil is an ideal oil to cook because its high saturated fat content enables it to remain stable at high cooking temperatures while still retaining its nutrients. Healthy oils such as olive oil can become harmful to your health if they are overheated and begin breaking down. Additionally, coconut oil does not go rancid easily and can be stored for long periods of time without becoming oxidized.

Keep banging those coconuts together.

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Where to buy: Nutiva.com, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Amazon

– make sure to buy organic unrefined extra-virgin

Recommendation: Small jars can be bought from TJ’s and Whole Foods (but more expensive). Costco sells a big jar of Nutiva.

The best deal is buying direct from Nutiva. Shipping is free and you can save $10 by using a coupon from Retailmenot.com. I buy a 1 gallon tub from Nutiva for $50. I eat it, use it as a cooking oil, and body/face moisturizer. It lasts me about 5-6 months.

Cost: $10 for 14 oz — $50 for 1 Gallon.

How much to eat

Up to 3 ½ tablespoons a day = 50g of medium-chain fatty acids

Making the switch to coconut oil as my go-to cooking oil while also adding it to my diet has been one of the most important things that I’ve done for my health.

It’s all about medium-chain fatty acids…

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Solid at temperatures below 75 degrees.

What makes coconut oil unique is that it is composed primarily of medium-chain fatty acids. At 64%, coconut oil is its best natural source. MCFAs are healthy fats that may help you lose weight through a boost to your metabolism and also protect you with its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Losing weight with coconut oil

  • Coconut oil produces energy, not fat

Most fats, if not used immediately as an energy source, are stored as fat tissue on our bodies. But MCFAs are a unique breed of fats. Due to their smaller carbon-chain structure, they are digested differently than the typical long-chain fatty acids found in meat and vegetable oils. When consumed, coconut oil is sent straight to liver and converted to energy like a carbohydrate (though it does not raise blood sugar levels), and thus does not get stored as body fat or as deposits in the arteries. Read the rest of this entry »

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