News and features about coconut from around the world.

Tocotrienols Contents in Palm Oil is changing the Story

By Raphael Nyarkotey Obu


Red palm oil has attracted controversy in recent years — much like coconut oil, but for different reasons.

What Is Red Palm Oil?

Palm oil means any oil that comes from the fruit of oil palms. Elaeis guineensis, Also, due to its high smoke point and heat stability, red palm oil is a good choice for dishes that are fried or deep-fried according to . . . Full story here

Coconut Water: May Be Useful For Blood Transfusions, crushes Kidney Stones, Cardioprotective & fight Cancer

By Raphael Nyarkotey Obu


Coconut water is a popular beverage now in Ghana with huge economic potential. It is dubbed “Mother Nature’s sports drink,” according to a WebMed article authored by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD . Its Low in calories, naturally free of fat and cholesterol , more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating — these are just a few of the many benefits… Full story here

New Evidence Reveals that Saturated Fat Does Not Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Bottles of fats and oils

In light of new scientific data, it appears that saturated fat is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Don’t use vegetable oil, says experts: Butter, lard and olive oil are better

Mon, Nov 9, 2015


  1. Present evidence suggests that saturated fat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  2. No causal relationship has been established between milk products and cardiovascular risk.
  3. Factors associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease include trans fatty acids and high glycemic-index foods. Full story here

EXPERTS are warning of the health risks of cooking with vegetable oils, advising to use butter, lard or olive oil instead.

The healthiest for cooking is coconut oil, scientists say.

They found that cooking vegetable oils releases high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia.

But heating up butter, olive oil and lard in tests produced lower levels of aldehydes, with coconut oil producing the least. Full story here

 Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World

March 1, 2011

Fried food in coconut oil

A FEW years ago I noticed something odd at the health food store. There, rubbing elbows with the extra-virgin olive oil and cold-pressed canola oil was virtually the last fat I expected to see in such esteemed company: coconut oil.

The last time I checked, coconut oil was supposed to be the devil himself in liquid form, with more poisonous artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack-causing saturated fat than butter, lard or beef tallow.

So given all this greasy baggage, what was coconut oil doing in a health food store? Full story here

Why Coconut Oil Won’t Kill You, But Listening to the American Heart Association Might!

June 20, 2017

Why Coconut Oil Won't Kill You

You may have seen the news late last week about the latest “Presidential Advisory” on dietary fats released from the American Heart Association (AHA) published online in Circulation. The part of this report that seems to be making the most news around the internet is that coconut oil is unhealthy. In the last few days I’ve seen titles like “Coconut Oil is as Bad as Butter”, “Coconut Oil is Unhealthy and Has Never Been Healthy”. Not only do these types of headlines cause increased confusion for the general population, for those of us who understand the nuances and politics behind the AHA’s statement it’s absolutely infuriating. So, I thought I would write a rebuttal and present some actual facts… Full story here

Beware of More Misinformation from The American Heart Association On Coconut Oil and Saturated Fats

June 18, 2017  |  Dr. Anthony P

In a “presidential advisory” to the American Heart Association (AHA) a panel of experts last week strongly endorsed the heart healthy benefits of replacing any and all saturated fats in our diet with vegetable oils (like corn, soy, and canola oil) which contain predominantly poly  or mono unsaturated fats.

Examining the metrics of this article it appears that the vast majority of news media reporting on it have lead with a headline that reads:

Coconut oil isn’t actually good for you, the American Heart Association says

Given this brazen attempt by the AHA to smear coconut oil’s reputation I felt compelled… Full story here

Scientists Discover Coconut Oil Exterminates 93 Percent Of Colon Cancer Cells In Two Days

by Gary Lite | Published January 16, 2016 | Updated August 14, 2016

By Arjun Walia


Colon cancer: it’s one of the most common cancers among both men and women, and although a number of natural remedies have been linked to the prevention of this disease, government health authorities are quick to mention that not enough research has been done to warrant prescribing them. This is a common theme when it comes to using food as medicine and the science behind it. It’s unfortunate that science today is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, and that most of the research received by physicians in the Western world comes directly from pharmaceutical companies. Full story here


How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil can serve as a remedy for about every scalp and hair issue. So, how to use coconut oil for hair? There are many ways you can use coconut oil at any time for your hair and you will see many benefits.

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Coconut oil has been used as a beauty treatment for centuries. It not only benefits your outward appearance but when taken internally as cooking oil, coconut oil can also have very positive effects on your overall health. Coconut oil can aid in lowering cholesterol, losing weight, strengthening immunities and treating infections. Full of antioxidants, coconut oil also possesses antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can consume coconut oil directly, use it to cook food or apply it straight onto the skin and hair as a beauty treatment. It’s the all-purpose, super product. Read on for more information about its benefits and uses for hair. Full story here


The World’s Dental Newspaper · Asia Pacific Edition
Published in Hong Kong Vol. 13, No. 9, 2015

Coconut oil pulling reduces gingivitis


Dental Tribune
KANNUR, India: A recent study has shown that oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective method to reduce plaque formation and plaqueinduced gingivitis. Coconut oil is an easily usable and safe substance with minimal side-effects and could thus become an alternative to conventional oral antimicrobial agents such as chlorhexidine, the findings suggested. Full story here


Coconut Oil: A New Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?

December 26, 2013

Adiction Hope

Dr. Oz has touted the powerful health benefits of coconut oil for quite some time. It reportedly helps resist viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi. Some claim that it boosts thyroid function, improves blood sugar control and reduces the need for insulin.

Many users have even experienced an increase in energy and endurance along with improved digestion and better absorption of vitamins. Coconut oil may also lower cholesterol, help control weight, offer anti-aging effects and feature good benefits for your skin and hair. Full story here

Coconut Oil for Dental Health and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Maria Atwood, CNHP

A recent journey into the book Stop Alzheimer’s Now, by Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, led me to start telling everyone, everywhere: please read this book! There’s almost too much wonderful information to describe, so I won’t even try except to recommend that you read it and take it to heart. But for now, I want to amplify on a small portion of Fife’s work: the effect of coconut oil on dental health and neurodegenerative disorders. Full story here


99 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

Dr. Oz | Posted on 2/23/2015

99 uses for coconut

If you haven’t tasted coconut oil yet, or used it as a natural moisturizer, you’re missing out on two of the 99 reasons to make coconut oil an integral part of your everyday life. From spreading it on your morning toast, to taming flyaway hairs that pop up in the afternoon, to rubbing it into your feet at night, there are many wonderful ways to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, beauty habits, and household routine. Here are 99 great ways to use coconut oil. Full story here


Coconut Oil May Prevent Tooth Decay

Tuesday 4 September 2012 – 12am PST | Christian Nordqvist | Medical News Today

Coconut oil, a natural antibiotic when digested, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay, researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, reported at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn conference at the University of Warwick, England, today. They added that the antibiotic component in digested coconut oil could be added to dental care products. Full story here


What Is Oil Pulling?  Examining the Ancient Detoxifying Rritual

Loren Grush investigates the year’s hottest health trend | March 24, 2014

An ancient morning routine is making a 3,000-year comeback. Full story here


Behind The Coconut-Oil Craze

By Emily Dudding on May 28, 2014

With benefits that can include weight loss, white teeth, glowing skin, and shiny hair, coconut oil is the health and beauty cure-all du jour.

Move over, coconut water, your big sister has come to town. Coconut oil—specifically, virgin coconut oil extracted from the meat of the fruit—is suddenly on the lips (and in the mouths) of everyone from holistic-minded celebs (yes, Gwyneth is one of them) to the most skeptical mainstream doctors. Proponents claim that coconut oil can boost metabolism, brighten your teeth, and strengthen immunity. The oil is also taking a star turn in body balms, beauty treatments, anti-agers, and even hair products because of its ability to lock in moisture without … Full story here


The Truth about Saturated Fat, Pt 1

Dr. Oz Show

Carol Alt interviews Dr. Bruce Fife on oil pulling. Full story here


Understanding Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oil Pulling Regime

University of Toronto | April 8, 2014 | Dominic Ali

Blame it on Gwyneth Paltrow. The newly single actress has been credited by celebrity magazines with popularizing “oil pulling” among her fans. This latest beauty regimen is an ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing virgin coconut oil around the mouth for up to 20 minutes. Paltrow claims oil pulling adds a shine to her teeth and gives her an Oscar-winning smile. Full story here


Oil Pulling: The Hot New Health and Beauty Craze

By Shereen Dindar | Shine — Tue, Mar 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

An age old health and beauty regimen has become the talk of the Internet. This week, the term “Oil Pulling” is trending on social media and on search engines (it’s spiking by 1331% on Yahoo). If you’ve been wondering just what oil pulling is, here’s a breakdown.

The term may sound like a very complicated, but all it really involves is swishing oil around in your mouth once a day. The ancient Ayurvedic practice requires you to gargle a teaspoon to a tablespoon of natural, cold-pressed oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Most people prefer to use coconut oil because of the taste. Once you are done, you spit out the oil and brush your teeth, reports Style Caster.

It is believed that the oil absorbs toxins and bacteria in the mouth, preventing them from being absorbed into the body.


Oil Pulling: What It Is And Why You HAVE To Try It | Health and Fitness

Want white teeth, gorgeous gums and one seriously healthy body? Swilling oil for 20 minutes a day could get you just that. Yes, it sounds awful and most of you won’t have ever heard of it, but trust us, if the claims are true, oil pulling is one of the health world’s best kept secrets. So we got the low down to see whether it lives up to the hype.

Oil pulling is nothing new, but over the last few months it has gained some serious popularity and with all these alleged benefits, we can see why. From whitening your teeth to helping prevent kidney failure, oil pulling has some incredible health credentials. Full story here


The Benefits of Coconut Oil

By Charles Mattocks

I have been using many new oils to cook or take for health reasons, including flax seed oil, hemp oil, and coconut oil. I’ve have done a lot of research and have come to the conclusion that coconut oil not only tastes great, but the health benefits are amazing. I encourage you to take a look into some of the benefits and give it a try. Of course, one of the first things I looked into were the affects it would have with diabetes and I was very impressed.

This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large… Full story here


Can coconut oil ease Alzheimer’s? Families who’ve given it to loved ones swear by it

By Jerome Burne | PUBLISHED: 19:05 EST, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20 EST, 14 January 2013

One morning last month, Vrajlal Parmar got up, washed and dressed himself, and at 10am boarded the council minibus to a nearby leisure centre. In the evening, the 67-year-old former production line worker from London took the bus home. Nothing remarkable there — except that nearly a year earlier Mr Parmar had been diagnosed as being in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. Full story here


How Coconut Oil Can Be Used As A Mouthwash

The Huffington Post | By Dana Oliver Posted: 01/02/2013 8:18 am EST | Updated: 01/03/2013 10:18 pm EST

It’s a new year, and yes, I’m among the millions of women who are in need of a fresh start in order to live my best life. (Can’t you tell I subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine?) And because a healthier lifestyle is one of the goals I’m committing to in 2013 and beyond, I’m especially open to unconventional beauty treatments that rely on simpler ingredients.

In the video above, natural beauty expert Molly Beucher presents the surprisingly skeptic cast of “The Doctors” her coconut oil mouthwash method. With Ayurvedic origins dating back thousands of years, rinsing one’s mouth with water and a tablespoon of coconut oil for 10 to 15 minutes … Full story here


Why Coconut Oil Is Good For You

Author or Source: Lisa Tsakos

Miranda Kerr

Supermodel Miranda Kerr recently credited coconut oil as one of her beauty secrets, sending sales of the healthy oil soaring in the UK. The Victoria’s Secret angel says that she uses it daily in her cooking and applies it topically to her skin and hair. Her statements have North American doctors in, well … Full story here


Coconut Oil Cure for Alzheimer’s

InsidersHealthTV , Feb 14, 2012


Coconut Oil For Skin, Hair, Body: 6 Things To Know About The Super Ingredient

The Huffington Post | By Simone Kitchens Posted: 06/27/2012 3:15 pm EDT Updated: 10/11/2012 11:54 am EDT

Coconut oil commonly gets namedropped as the latest super-good-for-you miracle product. Admittedly, a year ago we’d barely heard of coconut oil. Maybe in our vegetable green curry or as an ingredient relegated to the shelves of the local health food store, but not something we were putting on our face. Not yet at least.

But when we started our beauty street style column about a year ago, we could barely go a week without one of the girls we photographed naming coconut oil as her go-to beauty product. Our glowing, shiny-haired subjects rattled off the different ways they used the super oil: as a nourishing face cream, repairing leave-in conditioner or beachy-scented body moisturizer. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
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Dr. Oz: Coconut Palm Sugar: Best New Sugar Alternative

Switching from regular sugar to coconut palm sugar could prevent the blood sugar crashes that make you hungry and then cause you to gain weight. See why coconut palm sugar could be the best sugar alternative. watch video


How coconuts can help relieve poverty and improve agriculture.

Report from Baylor University.

Dr. Walter Bradley says he may never retire, now that he’s found a way to help people in poor countries while turning agricultural waste into useful materials. For two decades his work in materials science helped the defense and aerospace industries. Now, as Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, his team is exploring the uses of coconut fiber and pith milled from the coconut husk and the hard coconut shell — to ultimately help impoverished . . .

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Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer’s Remedy

By Lorie Johnson, CBN News Medical Reporter, Thursday, January 05, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to increase exponentially as baby boomer generation enters their golden years.

But for some people, coconut oil has proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and may have even prevented it. One of those people is…

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Demand for coconut oil presents way out of poverty for many of Mozambique’s rural poor

The Irish Times – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Keeping factories in the bush, rather than by major roads, is key, writes BILL CORCORAN in Inhambane Province.

ONE OF the last things a person expects to find at the end of a track that twists through Mozambique’s mosquito-infested bush is a factory employing 20 people that makes high-quality organic products. But after an hour-long drive inland from the town of Maxixe in Inhambane Province, the walls of Coconut Oil Organics’ factory emerge from …
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Defiant Dieter recipe: Missing your muffins?

November 16, 2011. 11:41 am • Section: Health, VANCOUVER SUN STAFF BLOGS

Many of the hundreds of emails that flooded my inbox after the Wheat Belly book review was published were from people seeking wheat substitutes for their daily delights.

The reason I eliminated wheat from my diet before I had even heard of Dr. William Davis’ toxic wheat theory was to reduce carbohydrates, as I suspected I had a carbohydrate intolerance. Most gluten-free flours are still high in carbohydrates (and may be perfectly fine for your weight loss and health but were not for me), so I turned to coconut flour.
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Going nuts for COCONUTS

The many health benefits and healing properties found in coconuts for beautiful happy skin

Published: 11/12/2010 at 12:00 AM, Newspaper section: Muse

Helena Rubinstein, a renowned business lady in the cosmetics world, had a favourite saying: “Don’t put anything on your face you would not put in your mouth”. Sounds pretty doable, but is it? Well, you wouldn’t gobble down a whole bottle of lotion now would you? Thankfully, her words were not meant to be taken so literally. What she’s really saying is that the key ingredients of any product you decide to use should be something that is also kind to both the inside and outside of your body. Full story here


What Does Pop Star Madonna and Coconut Expert Bruce Fife Have in Common?

They both drink coconut water.
By Lynett A. Villariba, Philippine Daily Inquirer

It had to take a visit by an American nutrition researcher, naturopathic physician and friend of the Philippines to crack our coconuts and see why we should be drinking coconut water instead of soft drinks. Over a glass of buko juice, Dr. Bruce Fife proceeds to tell us why. Since last year when entertainment personality Madonna …Full Story Here


Remote Island Paradise to Be Powered By Coconuts and Sunshine

by Mother Nature Network , Published on September 16th, 2011 Written by Bryan Nelson, MNN
In the Malay language, the coconut palm is called “pokok seribu guna,” meaning “the tree of a thousand uses.” Make that one thousand and one. In just over a year’s time, the entire chain of the Tokelau islands plans to get 100 percent of their energy from a heavenly mix of coconuts and sunshine, according to United Press International. It is perhaps incontestably appropriate that an island paradise should power itself with its . . .Full Story Here


Coconuts + water = energy and success for Mark Rampolla

Thursday, September 15, 2011, By Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

So how does a guy from Baldwin find his fortune in coconut water? Shoot, how does anyone find a fortune in coconut water?

“It’s a combination of timing, luck, stupidity and refusal to fail,” says Mark Rampolla.

His Southern California company, Zico, claims retail sales of well over $100 million a year. Its little blue boxes started selling seven years. . .

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What Jesus and Coconuts Have in Common

Madonna Invests $1.5 Million in Vita Coco Coconut Water Drink

Fit Sugar | February 3, 2010 3:47 am

A certain hot model isn’t the only thing Madonna is loving from Brazil. The pop star also has a thing for coconut water and is putting her money where her mouth is. Madonna — along with celebs Demi Moore and Matthew McConaughey — is investing in Vita Coco, the best selling (and my favorite!) coconut water in the country. Madonna is reported to have drunk fresh coconut water every day during her Sticky & Sweet tour last year. In total, Madonna put $1.5 million toward the brand…Full Story Here


How To Make Coconut Milk

By TheCoconutMomma | Apr 8, 2011

A short video on how to make your own coconut milk.



New York Times Coconut Recipes

Popcorn with a Little Extra
Recipe Published: The New York Times, March 2, 2011

In my article about coconut oil on Wednesday, I mentioned in passing a recipe for popcorn cooked in coconut oil. In my view, I think it is a perfect way to make… Full Story Here

Chocolate Shell Ice-Cream Topping

Recipe Published: The New York Times, March 1, 2011

Melt the chocolate in a small metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the coconut oil and heat until dissolved, about 1 minute. Keep the liquid lukewarm until… Full Story Here

Sautéed Shrimp with Coconut Oil, Ginger and Coriander

Recipe Published: The New York Times, March 1, 2011

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt the coconut oil in the pan. Add the white scallion slices, ginger and… Full Story Here

Coconut Oil Pound Cake with Almonds and Lime Zest

Recipe Published: The New York Times, March 1, 2011

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. To make the topping, stir together the almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar and… Full Story Here

Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Published: The New York Times, March 1, 2011

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. In a large bowl, toss… Full Story Here


Bruce is Overcoming Dementia with the Help of God and Coconut Oil

January 18, 2011

The same day Bruce wrote the letter he also made a video telling about his dementia, the coconut oil, and his subsequent recovery. I have had to edit this down to get it on YouTube but it is well worth watching, a living miracle of Divine intervention.


Dr. Oz Going Nuts About Coconut Oil!

By Audrey Kunin, M.D. | January 13, 2011

I love to cook. Yet much of my domestic culinary life has been shadowed by my obsession to remove unhealthy saturated fats from my family’s diet. After all, isn’t it a given that fat is bad for you? And haven’t I struggled with my weight, my heart health and my love of a good French fry?…

[Note: This is a nice article because it brings about greater awareness of the benefits of coconut oil, however, it does contain a few factual errors.] Full story here


Dr. OZ TV Show Coconut Oil Super Powers

Monday January 24, 2011

Dr. Oz reveals 3 powerful health benefits of coconut oil.

Part 1 | Part 2


Dr. OZ TV Show The Alternative Health Controversy, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Monday January 17, 2011

Doctor Oz interviews Doctor Joe Mercola about alternative health, including aspects of coconut oil, especially part 2 and 3.

Full story here | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


The Muppet Show – I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

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Lauric acid, found in coconut oil and breast milk, may be used in clinical trials as acne treatment

BY Rosemary Black | DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER | Tuesday, April 20th 2010, 12:37 PM

Facing down acne might get a little easier if a new treatment that contains an ingredient found in breast milk hits the market.
The cream, made with lauric acid, a component of mother’s milk, could soon be in clinical trials, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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India’s Progress Leaves Traditional Jobs Behind

By Seth Doane, CBS News KERALA, India, April 22, 2010

KERALA – As The Next Generation Pursues College and White-Collar Jobs, Who Will Pick The Coconuts? — (CBS) High up in the coconut palms of south India there’s something that’s getting harder and harder to find – not a rare species but an endangered specialty: plucking coconuts. Armed with just a sharp knife and a bamboo ladder, generations have shimmied up to harvest by hand the 15 billion coconuts India produces every year, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane. P.K. Venu has picked coconuts in the Indian state of Kerala for 22 years. Venu said through a translator, “It’s a very difficult job, but I do not have the option to do anything else.” Full Story Here


Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer — Tue Dec 15, 4:38 pm ET

SYDNEY — Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal.
The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. Full story here


Rio does away with coconuts on beaches

AFP, November 25, 2009 3:02AM

ONE of the enduring images of Rio’s beaches – coconuts opened to yield their sweet water – is about to be a thing of the past under a new clean-up campaign by authorities.

The environment secretariat of the host city of the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games has decreed that the big green fruit beloved by thirsty residents and tourists alike is an unhygienic eye-sore and its sale by vendors will be banned from December 1. Full Story Here


Dr. Bruce Fife Says “Go Cuckoo for Coconuts”!

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore! Episode 305
November 18, 2009

Today’s episode features Jimmy sharing his passion for coconut oil with coconut aficionado Dr. Bruce Fife. Listen in for details such as where coconut milk comes from, what coconut water is, what the melting point of coconut oil is, how to properly use coconut flour in baking, and so much more! click here to listen


Crack It, Sip It, Then Tote It

The New York Times, By SARAH MASLIN NIR, Published: September 25, 2009

The odd whitish spheres resting in a tray of ice outside a bodega on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn were strange enough to make passers-by do a double take. Strolling down the Williamsburg street, Martin Mancusi, 30, a tourist from Barcelona, Spain, and his friend Alejandro Kaed, 33, stopped to examine the items: young peeled coconuts… Full Story Here


Coke Follows Pepsi Into Coconut Water Market

By Katherine Glover | Sep 2, 2009

The Coca-Cola Company just became an investor in ZICO Beverages, a California company that makes coconut water. The move comes two weeks after rival soft drink giant PepsiCo purchased Brazil’s largest coconut water producer, Amacoco. As carbonated sodas fall out of favor, soft drink companies are looking to expand their offerings and focus more on things like teas, sports drinks, energy drinks and . . . Full story here


What is it in coconut water that may have an effect on cataracts?

By Nelly Favis-Villafuerte, July 17, 2009

Remember the American nutritionist and naturopathic doctor who once said: “Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth.” His name is Dr. Bruce Fife, considered the world’s leading expert on coconut and health. His book Coconut Cures has been selling fast and brisk especially in 2005-2006 when our very own virgin coconut oil starting gaining international recognition as a health food.

Last year, 2008, Dr. Bruce Fife came out with another book on coconut entitled “Coconut Water for health and healing,” now available in major bookstores in Metro Manila and in the provinces including outlets of National Bookstore, Fully Booked, and Power Bookstore.

I have been drinking coconut water/juice every morning for the past 3 years or so but it was only after reading Dr. Bruce Fife’s book that I… Full story here


DoH (Department of Hoaxes)


The way the Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco Duque III has allowed himself and his office to be carried away by the A (H1N1)-Swine Flu scare really astonishes me. The same is true for local mainstream media that ape their “Big Brother” counterparts like CNN and BBC, with a continuous stream of panic “headlies.” We have repeatedly alerted Tribune readers to the pandemic alarm hoaxes of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) because there is ample evidence to show that these institutions, under the baton of pharmaceutical transnationals or Big Pharma, have raised these over the past five decades. Full story here


Cambodia Calling


One person’s move to Cambodia in an attempt to make trade fair — fair wages for producers and fair prices for consumers. Bloom eco-friendly bags are recycled bags hand made by fairly paid workers in Cambodia that are sought after by ethical consumers everywhere. At the cooking class I wrote about, Joannes, the executive chef at the Hotel de la Paix told us Palm is the national plant of Cambodia. Indeed, Wikipedia’s entry on the tree lists Cambodian Palm as one of its names. The photo, from Wikipedia, shows the palm fruit trees around Angkor Wat. Every part of the palm can be used (just like the coconut … Full story here


Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia

Symptoms eased faster when it was added to antibiotic therapy, study found
10/2008 | By Serena Gordon, US News and World Report | THURSDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News)

Virgin coconut oil, added to antibiotic therapy, may help relieve the symptoms of community-acquired pneumonia in kids faster than antibiotic therapy alone, a new study finds. Full story here


Coconuts in India

2008 | Contributed by V.T. Markrose, Coconut Development Board, Kochi 11, Kerala, India

The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera Linn.) is supposed to be one of the five legendary Devavrikshas and is eulogised as Kalpavriksha – the all giving tree – in Indian classics. All parts of the palm are used in someway or another in the daily life of the people of the west coast; the traditional coconut growing area. Its fruit is called Lakshmi Phai and is used in social and religious functions in India irrespective of whether palm is locally grown or not. Full Story Here


Oil Pulling Therapy” Interview with Bruce Fife


A 4-part audiovisual interview featuring Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing. In this interview Joyce Riley of The Power Hour radio broadcast interviews Dr. Fife who discusses the many benefits of oil pulling therapy, as well as the correct methods for oil pulling. Includes live testimonials.

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Palm-Juice Tappers Trapped by Loans


Kirno climbed up the coconut tree with little difficulty, his muscular legs moving agilely.

A short while later he was perched at the top of the tree and then used his knife to cut off the tips of the coconut flowers found atop. Kirno’s family relies on the tips of these coconut flowers, called Maggar in the local Banyumas dialect, in which drops of coconut palm juice can be made into brown sugar. Full story here


Packaged Coconut Water Receives Thumbs Up from Customers


BANGALORE: Amidst all the heat generated by the cola wars and the fizz created by their advertisement blitzkrieg, it is good old grandmother’s-recommended cool coconut water, albeit in tetra packs, that is making a come back on the healthy drink trail of Indian consumers.Full story here


Coco Loco

01/2008 | By Lucy Atkins

Jennifer Aniston uses it and the England rugby squad swear by its metabolism-boosting qualities. Coconut oil is being touted as the health food of 2008 – but is this just more ‘superfood’ hype? Full story here


How to Open A Young Coconut

01/2008 | by Chef Joy Houston


Conrado Dayrit, Dr. Coconut 88


MANILA, Philippines–DR. CONRADO S. DAYRIT, cardiologist, pharmacologist, National Scientist and past president of the National Academy of Science and Technology, died at 6:45 a.m. yesterday at the Victor Potenciano Medical Center where he was serving as its medical director. Dr. Dayrit was a pioneer in coconut oil research, and wrote the foreword to Dr. Bruce Fife’s best selling book Coconut Cures. Dr. Dayrit will be missed.


Fill it Up with Coconuts: Solomons Gets Green Fuel


HONIARA (Reuters Life!) – Who needs crude oil when you’ve got cheap coconuts?

An Australian entrepreneur based in the Solomons Islands is producing fuel and profits from the fruit he sells locally for 70 U.S. cents a liter, slightly less than the price of regular fuel.
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Coconut Milk Without the Can

By David Tanis | January 4, 2013 | New York Times Diner’s Journal

If you’re nowhere near a market that sells fresh coconut, but still want to make your own coconut milk, start with a blender and dried (desiccated) organic shredded coconut. Put 1 cup dried coconut in a bowl, and cover it with 1 1/2 cups of nearly boiling water. Let soak until the water…

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UN agency promotes new coconut water preservation process to help small farmers

02/2007 | 21 February 2007

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking to boost sales of bottled coconut water by small farmers with a simple cold preservation process that protects the natural taste for up to three weeks while avoiding the loss of nutrients and almost all the delicate flavor entailed in commercial canning.
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Get Baking with Gluten-Free Flours

11/2006 | COPYRIGHT 2006 PRIMEDIA Intertec, a PRIMEDIA Company. All Rights Reserved.

A diet free of gluten used to mean giving up baked goods. Luckily, it doesn’t have to anymore. Nowadays gluten-free flour options abound–even for those on low-carb or hypoallergenic diets–and making gluten-free treats has never been easier.
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How Coconuts Sell Like Soft Drinks in India


It’s ‘ready to serve” and like a soft drink bottle or tetra pack, you can take it inside any office, drink and then dispose. Sold with the brand name Tender Fresh, 1500 – 2000 tender coconuts every day are reaching a clientele that reads like the who’s who of Bangalore’s software companies. Full story here


Coconut Oil Still Stands Good

Ishi Khosla : Posted: Sunday , Sep 03, 2006

Sesame, coconut, desi ghee, mustard and other traditional fats have made way for refined oils. Treasured for centuries for their health benefits, these fats have faded into oblivion by the invasion of so-called scientific breakthroughs. It is true that coconut oil is dominated by saturated fat (the kind of fat that solidifies at room temperature). But whether this fat is detrimental to health is a different issue. Full story here


Ken Lay Claims Amnesia After Coconut Fell on His Head

Controversial ‘Gilligan Defense’ makes debut at Enron trial
By Andy Borowitz | Newsweek Web Exclusive | Mar 14, 2006

In what many experts are calling a high-stakes legal strategy, former Enron CEO Ken Lay testified at his trial today that a coconut fell on his head while he was running the Texas energy company, causing amnesia that wiped out all memory of anything that happened during his tenure there… Full story here


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Savvy Shopper: Coconuts

Don’t be shy: get to know a coconut and reap the dividends.
05/2006 | By Rose Prince

There was a time when the closest we could get to coconut was to eat coconut ice. Whether dyed a vibrant pink or covered in chocolate, the cake of desiccated coconut remains something to love or hate. Full story here


Coconut Power! Promising Diesel Alternative


WorldChanging has a very interesting post on how plain coconut oil is used to replace diesel in parts of the South Pacific. There, it is plentiful and can be had for $0.55/liter ($2/gallon), which is a lot cheaper than the price of diesel in that region, especially after the recent oil spike. Full story here


ALL THE REST of the tree, too!


There is hardly anything growing on a coconut tree that does not have some use, making the total economic potential of the plant worldwide an immense figure. The tree is a source of food, wood for building materials and crafts, and raw material for clothing and numerous industrial products. Full story click this link All the Rest of the Tree Too


Coconut Oil


Many now embrace it for a range of ills, contrary to warnings about its saturated fat.

Filipinos call coconut trees the “tree of life” for all the products derived from its leaves, husks, meat and milk. In America, the coconut tree has made new believers because of one product: coconut oil. Full story here


Eat Fat, Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently


No, Eat Fat, Look Thin is not another Atkins-type high fat/low carb book. The fats discussed by Dr. Bruce Fife are the special group known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) with unique properties. Numerous published studies have found that MCT oils, used to replace other dietary fats, can reduce body fat significantly, and lower weight. MCT can be used to prevent and treat obesity, the ever-growing health problem.
Note: The book Eat Fat Look Thin is now out of print. Dr. Fife rewrote and updated it and added an additional 50 pages. The new book is now called The Coconut Ketogenic Diet.


What’s Killing Panamas Coconut Palms?

UCSC sleuths hot on the trail of a mysterious disease

Graceful coconut palms are a fixture of the tropical landscape from Hawaii to Puerto Rico. Along Panama’s scenic Caribbean coast, the statuesque trees dot the shoreline like pearls on a necklace. The Kuna Yala region of Panama, made up of a 400-kilometer stretch of sandy beaches and 300 nearby islands, remains largely undiscovered… Full story here


Are 150 People Killed Each Year from Falling Coconuts?


During a recent ABC television report about how infrequent shark attacks really are, we were told, “Each year coconuts falling from trees kill 150 people.” That sounded absurd to me. Could it be true? If so, what is the cause of death? Full story here