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Old 08-15-2006, 11:44 AM   #1
Craig Cooper
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Does anyone know where I can find some quality info/studies on the merits of coconut and saturated fat? I have a client who's dietician is telling her NOT to include coconut milk in her morning shake (I gave her the recipe) because of it's high saturated fat content. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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There are threads here on the board that referance articles on pub med.

Or you can search pub med directly

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:00 PM   #3
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Lots of good info in this thread: http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/23/21391.html

also, do a search on the boards for coconut, you'll find some good info.

The question would be what is the dietician's reason for advising not adding coconut milk?

I'm assuming your client may be a part of a program that tests for food allergies, so adding in something that isn't part of the program defeats the purpose of the program regardless of studies /info on its merits.

It may be wise for all food allergens etc to be ruled out before adding in new foods. Out of curiosity what's in your recipe? does it involve, frozen blueberries, oj and vanilla protein powder by any chance:-)
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:27 AM   #4
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Taha- that is indeed the recipe. This is a regular client of mine, not part of any program (a graduate of a program who is having troubles making it a permanent lifestyle change, go figure). The reason for the dietician advising against coconut milk (even low-fat) is it's high saturated fat content, which is why I asked for info on the merits of coconut products and/or saturated fat.

Thanks for the links guys
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Old 08-16-2006, 08:28 AM   #5
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"Eat Fat, Lose Fat" by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon is one book that advocates coconut oil and discusses the reason for doing so. My guess is the dietician is being politically correct in advising against saturated fat.
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:19 AM   #6
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Craig,

www.eatfatlosefat.com
This is the author's site and has a research link.
"Know Your Fats" also by Mary Enig, Ph.D
"Nourishing Traditions" A cookbook with some information on this subject also by Sally Fallon with Mary Enig.
Sorry for the lack of links but this is my first post and I have lots to learn.

Good Luck
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Old 08-16-2006, 10:47 AM   #7
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I would recommend looking at the studies and FAQ at www.thepaleodiet.com.

Dr. Cordain disagrees with Fallon and Enig over saturated fat (see Misc. section of FAQ). As far as I can judge, Dr. Cordain seems much more professional and trustworthy.
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:30 PM   #8
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Cool Craig. I got it.
So here's the deal (based on my past research).
I'll assume that the dieticinas concern around saturated fat is based on a high cholesterol number. Researching coconut oil online will drive you nuts as you'll find studies and articles that swing both ways. I decided to look into it at a deeper level and here goes (disclaimer: I'm not a biochemist.... I just know a couple):

Unprocessed coconut oil is fully saturated, ie. it has no double Carbon bonds, this is great because there is no way that a free radical or anything else can convert it into a trans fat.

Coconut fat is a mixture of stearic, lauric, myristic and palmitic acids.
Lauric acid is converted in the body to monolaurin, which the body uses to kill bacteria and protozoa.
Palmitic and Mytristic acids have been shown to raise LDL leves.
Stearic acid has been shown to reduce LDL levels.

So I've been eating massive amounts of coconut in the last 3 months, oil for cooking, milk in shakes and shreds on fruit all day.
My LDLs are currently "undetectable" and my HDL is 83. My total CHolesterol is about 180 or so.

That said, I have also been eating a ridiculous amount of dark chocolate, which is packed with cocoa butter which is 92% stearic acid, so this could have been a major player in low LDL numbers.

In your case, he's not in the program anymore, and if he's working for MS, he can get a free health screening done right now. If it were my client and he has not been diagnosed with any adverse reations to coconut, I'd advise him to try it and see how he feels. He can use the health screenings to see how his Cholesterol levels are being affected.

Good luck. feel free to follow up with me offline if you want to chat some more!
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:24 PM   #9
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"The Great Cholesterol Con" by Anthony Colpo.

Packed with tons of info on saturated fats...well-referenced too!
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Old 08-16-2006, 08:54 PM   #10
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http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-fat14aug14,1,7371134.story?coll=la- headlines-health&ctrack=1&cset=true
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