Coconut Oil: The one saturated fat you should be eating


The local people of Kerala, on the southwestern coast of India, claim that the earth’s very first coconut tree came from their soil. They called it the “tree of life” because every part of the tree–the root, the fruit, the leaves, the trunk–is utilized in a multitude of ways to support the health and survival of Kerala’s indigenous people. Today, I want to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil, which has been prized as an Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Though ostracized in recent decades due to its “bad-for-you” saturated fat, science is finally convincing skeptical researchers that this ancient oil has unique and essential properties for optimal health. Dr. John Douillard, DC has written and produced numerous health and fitness books, CDs, and DVDs. He has been teaching and lecturing internationally for 25 years and publishes a free wellness video-newsletter filled with the latest studies and research. He was the Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA and currently directs the LifeSpa- Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, CO, where he lives with his wife and six children.


9 thoughts on “Coconut Oil: The one saturated fat you should be eating

  • kalkeikuu

    Can we use coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, avacado oil, and olive oil during a juice/vegetable cleanse. I am primarily a vata-kapha, am overweight, abnormal blood glucose (high in the morning), have elevated to swinging hypertension, and really need to streghthen my body? plus detox to fix this problem (exhausted adrenals backing up toxins).

  • dcage12003

    I like you!! You’re so smart! and I can? comprehend what you’re saying – that’s key! not everyone can relay complex information in a simplistic fashion. You have the knack. Is that technique included in the “doctor’s bedside manner” course?

  • KaleiCLG

    Hi Dr.? Douillard, I wish you could get the same benefits from coconut oil without having to consumer 3 T’s a day, which I have found to be difficult. I have yet to use it in cooking, which I’m sure would help, but for awhile I had resorted to eating the 3 T’s in the morning just to get it over with. I’m going to try and bring it back into my daily routine, but would you happen to know when someone begins to see the benefits of coconut oil?

  • stonegateaccent

    I just switched to coconut oil. You would think with so many people not eating saturated fat, the heart health? Americans would be improved. Instead it’s still the number one killer. It’s a great moisturizer and hair condition, too.

  • Amerizuelan

    Dr. Douillard? thank you once again for your amazing information! What do you think about fats in nuts?

  • johndouillard

    Fats in nuts are generally great – the key about most oils, except coconut, is to not heat? them.
    John Douillard DC

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