The benefit of coconut oil is its fatty acid profile, predominantly saturated fat. It can not be contaminated by growth hormones, antibiotics, gmos, or excess pufas like tallow, lard or even butter can and the stability and protectiveness of the saturated fats far outweigh any processing it might undergo. The admonitions regarding cold press, etc just don't apply to coconut oil because saturated fat is naturally stable and doesn't go rancid. I have stuff that is 6 plus years old that I am just now using that tastes as fresh as the day I bought it. Hypothetically, the minuscule amount of polyunsaturated fat could be hydrogenated, but the benefits would STILL outweigh the minuses. It's just that good.
Don't get me wrong, the virgin coconut oils or the "organic" oils are NOT bad. I, personally, LOVE the smell and taste of virgin coconut oil and I do keep some around (purchased long before the current price spike) for certain, specific uses. I just get upset when they are promoted as the ONLY product one should use to be healthy. Paying $80 for a sport bottle's worth of "extra virgin OG coconut oil" is just WRONG. (Most pricing is NOT that extreme, but I did see an ad on line at that price...someone claiming their source was extra special.)
So when you read about the benefits of coconut oil (Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer, weight loss, colon health, etc) have peace of mind knowing that they are attainable for both "Whole Foods" budgets AND "Walmart" budgets.
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