Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Coconut Milk Question

QUESTION: Are coconut milk and oil ok? Aren't they high in saturated fat?

ANSWER: Coconut milk and oil are fine if used in moderate quantities. Yes, they have high amounts of saturated fat, but there are different kinds of saturated fat. "Fats are classified as short-, medium- or long-chain based on the number of carbon molecules they contain. Nearly two-thirds of the saturated fat in coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids.

When we eat long-chain fatty acids, they must be emulsified by bile salts in the small intestine before they can be absorbed into our body. Short- and medium-chain fatty acids, such as those in coconut milk, are absorbed directly through the portal vein to the liver, where they are immediately available to the body.

In other words, most of the saturated fat in coconut oil is easily digestible and converted into quick energy. And these types of fatty acids are less likely to cause obesity because they are immediately used by the body and have no opportunity to be stored." http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/features/cocgood.html

Hope that helps.
Coconut Oil – The Truth
Source: www.thaifoodandtravel.com
The Truth About Coconut Oil by Michael Babcock

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More dangerous additives like dihydrogen monoxide!

Ok, I just had to share this.

Be careful of 'statistics' and scare tactics.

Angela Poch, Director
Sette Publishing, Healthy Home Cookin’, and the Vegan Vegetarian Cooking School --- (Oh, and home schooling mother!)


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Junk Science

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the
Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was
attempting to show how conditioned we have become to
alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of
everything in our environment. In his project he urged
people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total
elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide."

And for plenty of good reasons, since:

1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
2. it is a major component in acid rain
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
4. accidental inhalation can kill you
5. it contributes to erosion
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

Forty-three (43) said yes, six (6) were undecided, and only
one (1) knew that the chemical was water.

The title of his prize winning project was, "How Gullible
Are We?"

MSG and beyond

THIS is a mis-informative statement --- “Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,' which is just another name for Mono sodium Glutamate.” FALSE!!!!! Why do people insist on scare tactics. I think, people love the negative.

First of all a form of MSG is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables right from the garden. (So is cyanide, I might add.)

Secondly, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is just that, vegetable protein. And because it has vegetables, which contain MSG NATURALLY, it will have some MSG.

MSG is a trouble maker when isolated and used in massive quantities as an additive. Much like SALT or arsenic.

Too much salt causes many, many problems too. BUT salt itself is not the enemy. Over use, over eating, over doing, and over worrying is!!!

BUT, yes there is a but...

I realized I might send out the wrong message with these comments.

I do NOT think MSG is ok to eat or add to our food. I am simply frustrated with the mis-use of information to scare people into avoiding any and all processed food.

There is NO research to show naturally occurring msg is harmful. There is research that shows adding msg to foods can lead to weight gain and since obesity is a real problem, we should be avoiding msg and msg added to food.

I worry that we will delete the real warnings with all the proliferate of junk we get. Don’t be fooled, many additives are harmful, but don’t think eating all raw is ok either. God created us to digest grains cooked not sprouted. And we are encouraged by inspired writing to learn how to cook, so it not just a matter of sloping some food on a plate. Seasonings with herbs are not only tasty, but healthy.

Balance. Balance. Balance.