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02 Dec 2004

Extra virgin olive oil
Hi
I have always heard that while nuts and nut oils are healthy, this excludes coconuts (and peanuts). I see that extra virgin cocnut oil is being sold as the next weightloss/anti-aging/immune-boosting cure. Is there any truth to coconut oil's new status?
For cooking, is coconut oil actually healthier than olive oil or canola oil? And are EFAs from coconut "better" than EFAs obtained from fish, for example?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear S
I presume you are referring to palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is derived from the seed or kernel (hence the name) of palm fruits and has a negative reputation because it contains high levels of saturated fats. Palm oil on the other hand, is made from the fleshy portions of the palm fruit and is exceptionally healthy. It contains phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, a special form of vit E called tocotrienol (powerful antioxidants), lycopene which is known to protect against cancer and other carotenoids. Palm oil is used extensively for cooking and food preparation in the Far East and is the number two edible oil in the world. Hopefully we will soon have palm oil available in our health shops and supermarkets. It has a red colour and can be used to prevent cancers and heart disease. The plant EFAs are not superior to the omega-3 FAs found in fish and salmon oil.
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DietDoc
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