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Alzheimers: Coconut Oil, And Other Healthy Alternatives
(08-24-2013, 02:59 PM)John L Wrote: .....................And Bad Science Cause Considerable Damage To Good Health.

I've always been bemused, frustrated, and yes angered, by how certain 'so called' science, and political correctness, manages to distort and even destroy the reputation of certain foods which are healthy.

Here's a true case in point: Coconut Oil

Perhaps the most healthful of all oils is coconut oil.  Yet it has been maligned for decades by such entities as the following:The Tragic Legacy of Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI

Even the NYTimes has finally thrown in the towel, and its about time too: Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World.

Here's another article on finally putting the lie to rest, hopefully.

Pulling the Curtains on Another CSPI Scare Campaign

Better seventeen years late than never. The New York Times on Tuesday pulled the curtains on Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) 1994 scare campaign that caused movie-theater popcorn sales to instantly plummet by as much as 50 percent. It wasn't the popcorn itself that CSPI demonized; its target was the saturated fat content that resulted from the coconut oil theaters used to pop it.

Celebrated this week by The Washington Post as "a showman who has come up with myriad headline-grabbing ways of demonizing food ingredients," CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson was widely quoted by media outlets in April 1994 doing just that to coconut oil, calling popcorn that used the oil a nutritional "Godzilla."

From the onset, CSPI's campaign to demonize movie-theater popcorn was devised to make Americans deathly afraid of something they likely never considered a health threat at the time—saturated fat. When a CSPI-funded laboratory study revealed that a medium-sized serving of popcorn contained a whopping 37 grams of saturated fat (exceeding the USDA's recommendation of 20 grams per day), CSPI knew it could strike fear in to moviegoers, wrote Chip and Dan Heath in their 2007 book Made to Stick:

CSPI sent bags of movie popcorn from a dozen theaters in three major cities to a lab for nutritional analysis. The results surprised everyone … the lab results showed, coconut oil was also brimming with saturated fat …

The challenge, [then-CSPI Director of Communications Art] Silverman realized, was that few people know what "37 grams of saturated fat" means. Most of us don't memorize the USDA's daily nutrition recommendations. Is 37 grams good or bad? And even if we have an intuition that it's bad. we'd wonder if was "bad bad" (like cigarettes) or "normal bad" (like a cookie or a milk shake) …

The amount of fat in this popcorn was, in some sense, not rational. It was ludicrous. The CSPI needed a way to shape the message in a way that fully communicated this ludicrousness. Silverman came up with a solution.

CSPI called a press conference on September 27, 1992. Here's the message it presented: "A medium-sized ‘butter' popcorn at a typical neighborhood movie theater contains more artery-clogging fat [Jesus wept] than a bacon-and-eggs breakfast, a Big Mac and fries for lunch, and a steak dinner with all the trimmings – combined!"

After nearly 17 years of CSPI scaring the public silly, scientists are beginning to recognize CSPI's long-running crusade against coconut oil as a box-office bust. Thomas Brenna, a Cornell nutrition science professor, told the Times that coconut oil might not be the evil villain as we've been led to believe:

Most of the studies involving coconut oil were done with partially hydrogenated coconut oil [that is high in trans fat—not saturated fat], which researchers used because they needed to raise the cholesterol levels of their rabbits in order to collect certain data. Virgin coconut oil, which has not been chemically treated, is a different thing in terms of a health risk perspective. And maybe it isn't so bad for you after all.

I think we in the nutrition field are beginning to say that saturated fats are not so bad, and the evidence that said they were is not so strong.

It's worth noting that the coconut oil movie theatres were using in 1994 was (frequently) partially hydrogenated, and contained trans fat. But in the 1990s CSPI was busily publishing newsletter copy like the now-famous "Trans, shmans." It was coconut oil's saturated fat—not its trans fat—that set Jacobson's finger wagging.

A decade earlier, CSPI had fought to get rid of beef fat in cooking oil, a move which forced food providers to switch to the only viable alternative: partially hydrogenated oil, which contained trans fats. CSPI proclaimed: "All told, the charges against trans fat just don't stand up."

CSPI later flip-flopped. Jacobson commenced a campaign of bashing trans fats and calling for restaurants to dump partially hydrogenated oils. He angrily insisted that trans fats were responsible for as many as 30,000 deaths per year (a highly questionable figure), but failed to mention that his organization was largely responsible for their heavier concentration in the American diet in the first place.

With hindsight, of course, CSPI's coconut-oil scare had some merit—but not for the reasons the group offered. Since the partially hydrogenated version contained trans fat, it's likely the group would have gotten around to attacking it eventually, once trans fat had evolved from hero to villain.

Today, however, it's easy to find coconut oil in a liquid form (one that's not partially hydrogenated). So we concur with the Times' suggestion to reacquaint ourselves with its "haunting, nutty, vanilla flavor." In moderation, of course.

Yes, found out that information on coconut oil about 8 months ago. I have incorporated it into my daily health therapy.
(07-02-2016, 06:23 PM)Tyr-Ziu Saxnot Wrote: Yes, found out that information on coconut oil about 8 months ago. I have incorporated it into my daily health therapy.

I even tried putting a large tablespoon scoop in my coffee this morning. It was really quite good, adding a very rich flavor. The only bad thing was that the plastic mug was oily all over. But cleaning it wasn't all that much trouble.

I'm trying to figure out ways to keep increasing my coconut oil intake. I love fried sweet potatoes, and my deep fat fryer is full of coconut oil. The nice thing is that it doesn't leave residue like other oils, so I can use the coconut oil longer. And when it does get dirty, I have a restaurant filter frame with filters. I just pour the oil through the filter, and it looks great once again. S22
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I've been campaigning for years for Movie Theaters to start using coconut oil once again. I have yet to hear of any theater chains doing so.
I like to add a Tbsp of virgin coconut oil to a bowl of whatever vegetable I am microwaving, such as sugar snap pea pods, broccoflower, chopped fresh asparagus; or soups. Any recipe where you might add margarine. You can still add a little margarine too, if you want the buttery flavor.
(07-02-2016, 10:22 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I've been campaigning for years for Movie Theaters to start using coconut oil once again. I have yet to hear of any theater chains doing so.

For the past week or so, I have been popping popcorn with my ancient Presto Stir Popper.  That thing is at least 40 years old and still going strong.  I have popped a batch every day, except today.  I popped a large batch yesterday and saved about a third for today.  When I pop the corn, I put in two heaping tbs of coconut oil.  Almost every bit of the coconut oil goes into the popcorn, and I get a good bit of it that way.  

I'm going through somewhere between 45-50 ounces every week.  Could be more actually.  I'm really going full steam.  

The best buys in coconut oil seem to be the LouAna brand (30ozs) at WalMart for less than $7 each.  Its not extra virgin, but that really isn't important if you are cooking with it or going with popcorn.  

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Its $6.64 at the store.  And I didn't see this before, but you can purchase a two pack for $9.98.  Wow!  That's about as low as you can go anywhere.  That's 16.6 cents an ounce. I'm going to start ordering them in packets of two for that price.

And this is about the cheapest "extra virgin" I have found anywhere.  Its a bestseller over at Amazon, from Carrington Farms.

I'm a firm believer that anyone over fifty, should be using this stuff.  The thought of me losing my brain capacity really scares me more than anything else.  Shock

Oh, and I don't even use butter anymore either. I use the extra virgin on all of my toast. Its better than butter. S22
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Kroger has been selling their store brand of pure coconut oil for $4.99 around the Detroit area, which is about half of what LouAnna charges.

One thing about coconut oil--if you store it in the refrigerator (not the freezer, just the refrigerator), it will turn as hard as a rock, which you literally have to chip out. Leave it out at room temperature. It melts at 72° F. It is handy to have it available as a liquid.
(08-15-2016, 11:22 AM)Ron Lambert Wrote: Kroger has been selling their store brand of pure coconut oil for $4.99 around the Detroit area, which is about half of what LouAnna charges.

One thing about coconut oil--if you store it in the refrigerator (not the freezer, just the refrigerator), it will turn as hard as a rock, which you literally have to chip out. Leave it out at room temperature. It melts at 72° F. It is handy to have it available as a liquid.

Ron, the only time I use any other oil, is when I have to make a salad dressing, which is extra virgin olive oil.  Everything else is with coconut oil.  I love it!  I love omelettes and tend to make a bunch of the ingredients in a large Wok pot.  Then I refrigerate it and use it as I need.  I also use coconut oil in it, and when I bring it out to make my omelettes, it looks like its rancid.  My friend Mike made some comment about it, but that's how things work out.   S5

I have a bunch of coconut oil containers in my pantry.  And when I make toast, I always use coconut oil.  I don't even use butter any longer.  

I know I am repeating myself, but I swear by coconut oil.  S22
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Ron, yesterday afternoon I went to the local Kroger store, and checked on the price of coconut oil while there.  Its not on sale $7.39 each.  So it must be just a local thing.   Still, the best bet is the two pack at WalMart.  

Also, I eliminate the shipping and handling by putting what I want on hold until I have built up $49 in purchases.  That way I don't pay anything else.   For instance I now have enough in my cart to order more things with free S/H.  I ordered three of the two packs earlier and am still on my previous purchases of coconut oil.  I use it on practically everything, but can only use it up just so quickly.  S22

My biggest concern is that the demand side of the Supply-Damand equation will exceed the supply part, driving up the price of the oil.  People are really beginning to catch on to it in a big way.     S4

Horrors, I just went to the Amazon site for the two pack, and it has gone up in price.  Its now over ten dollars.  Gah
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...Still cheapest at Costco or Sam's Club. Haven't priced it in a while, since they sell in bigger quantity.

Still waiting for Reddenbacher popcorn with coconut oil.
I checked Sams Club months ago when I first got onto this, and their prices weren't cheaper.
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At the local Kroger store where I shop here in Troy, Michigan, LouAna brand pure coconut oil is $7.98. That has been the price for several years. But the Kroger store brand of pure coconut oil (which I first noticed them carrying about a year ago) has been $4.99 for that same year. Currently it is on sale for $4.49. Same size containers as the LouAna brand. I stopped in at an "Odd Lots" store about a week ago to purchase a floor chair mat to go under my desk, and I noticed a shelf of pure coconut oil priced at $4.00 each--same size containers. John, have you tried pricing coconut oil through Amazon, or E-bay? Of course, there you have to factor in shipping charges.

One caveat about coconut oil--using too much of it can have a laxative effect. My mother is 95, and needs to take a laxative. She was given medical advice--confirmed by her doctor--that coconut oil can have a laxative effect, and she has found it to be indeed effective, as much or more so than any of the other things she has been taking, including psillium husk (fiber). Coconut oil does have a pleasant, satisfying though very mild taste. My mother prefers it over the Imperial Margarine that used to be her favorite. She has one tablespoon on each slice of rye toast. I find it works well on English muffins. And there is no hydrogenation, no cholesterol, no trans-fats; at least not in the 100% pure virgin coconut oil.
Here's some of the latest current findings on combating Alzheimers. And this really could be Huge!

Quote:Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain: This could be huge. Spiteful

An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease.

"Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," says one of the team, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.

Schubert and his colleagues tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in the lab that mimic the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

If you're not familiar with this special little compound, it's not only responsible for the majority of marijuana's psychological effects - including the high - thanks to its natural pain-relieving properties, it's also been touted as an effective treatment for the symptoms of everything from HIV and chemotherapy to chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and stroke.

In fact, THC appears to be such an amazing medical agent, researchers are working on breeding genetically modified yeast that can produce it way more efficiently than it would be to make synthetic versions.
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Now this is interesting news.

Quote:Want to cut your risk of dementia? Moisturize your skin, UCSF researchers say

Researchers at UC San Francisco announced this week that age-damaged skin in older adults may be contributing to a wide range of chronic, age-related conditions that include heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Here’s what the dermatological researchers said they learned from their work with the San Francisco Veterans Administration Health System: As aging skin begins to break down, the immune system releases small proteins known as cytokines to signal that there’s inflammation in damaged areas of the skin. These tiny inflammatory cytokines can leak into the body’s circulation system, and if there are enough of them, they trigger body-wide inflammation. That triggers so called “inflamm-aging” among older adults.

“The inflammation must come from an organ big enough that very minor inflammation can affect the whole body. Skin is a good candidate for this because of its size,” Dr. Mao-Qiang Man, the study’s senior author. “Once we get old, we have dermatological symptoms like itchiness, dryness and changes in acidity. It could be that the skin has very minor inflammation, and because it’s such a large organ, it elevates circulating cytokine levels.”

Scientists have long questioned why there were so many inflammatory cytokines in the circulation system of older adults. Young people do not typically have as many. There are theories that they come from the lungs or from digestive system, Man said, but UCSF dermatologists felt certain that the culprit was the skin.

They devised an experiment to test out that hypothesis, asking one group of seniors to apply a specified amount of skin cream twice daily over 30 days. They also had groups of young people and seniors who did not use any of the lotion.

At the end of the experiment, they once again measured cytokine levels in all subjects, Man said, and the seniors who used the skin cream saw dramatic reductions in three cytokines that have been linked to age-related chronic diseases. The three were interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor.

Among adults who used the skin cream, cytokine levels fell nearly to the level of people in their 30s. The study participants, ages 58 to 95, also lowered their skin’s acidity, improved hydration and repaired its permeability.

Although the study had a small cohort of people, the scientists said, the findings are promising. Now, they say, they are hoping others can reproduce the results. Man and another researcher, Peter Elias, are consultants for the company that produced the skin cream used in the study.
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