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News You Can Use Week of July 27th-August 2nd

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 27th-August 2nd, 2015.

NEWS: Heal Your Relationship with Food and Your Body

I am sitting here at my highest weight in a long time, truly comfortable with who I am and what I look like. Two years ago – even one year ago – I would have considered myself ‘fat’ at my current weight. Now, I don’t. I’ve gotten used to my belly roll and cellulite. I can look in the mirror – without averting my eyes – and say ‘I love you’ and ‘You’re beautiful’ to the woman I see in the mirror. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Eating Disorders Symptoms

Would you notice eating disorders symptoms in someone you love? Would you be able to recognize the development of an eating disorder in yourself? Unfortunately, some signs of eating disorders are not very obvious and you may not recognize them if you don’t know what to look for. Furthermore, eating disorders can look many different ways in different people, and can change over time, even in the same person. While people with eating disorders typically experience a number of symptoms; they might not have all the possible symptoms. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Binge Eating Facts

One of the binge eating facts that many people do not know is that binge eating is a completely separate eating disorder from bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa, although many of the causes of binge eating are the same as the aforementioned eating disorders. While bulimia and anorexia symptoms will eventually come to light, it takes a bit longer to recognize a binge eating disorder. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Proposed Nutrition Label Upgrade IDs Added Sugar

Sayonara sneaky sugars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing an upgrade to the Nutrition Facts label to make it even easier to avoid added sugar. Not only are they proposing to add a Nutrition Facts line for added sugars, they now say they want food companies to declare the percentage daily value for these added sugars. LEARN MORE

NEWS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Increases Risk of Heart Failure

The sugar fructose — formerly embraced by the food industry as a supposedly safer alternative to glucose — appears to cause molecular changes in the body that promote uncontrolled heart growth and increase the risk of heart failure, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and published in the journal Nature. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

News You Can Use-Week of May 25th-31st, 2015

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of May 25th-31st.

NEWS: The Body Image and Eating Disorder Tsunami

Negative body image and eating disorders constitute a not-so-silent Tsunami that are wreaking havoc in the lives of women and men today. LEARN MORE

NEWS: The Melancholy of Anatomy: Excessive Weight and Depression

The complex relationship between weight and depressive disorders. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Whole Foods Market to Introduce New Store Format

Earlier this month, Whole Foods Market (WFM) disclosed its plan for a new store format, expected in early 2016. The new locations will be branded differently than existing WFM stores and cater to a more price conscious consumer. The average store will also be smaller (between  50-65% of the size of WFM stores). The as yet unnamed stores will carry a smaller variety of items and have a less polished format, according to WFM executives. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Make Your Food Last Longer Safely With These Food Storage Tips

Learning how to store food correctly is important for several reasons, whether it’s a matter of making fresh food last as long as possible or stockpiling food staples over a long period of time. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

News You Can Use: Week of March 2nd-8th

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of March 2nd-8th.

Boys’ quest for ‘perfect body’ fuels rise in eating disorders

A significant rise in the number of boys and young men suffering from eating disorders has contributed to a worrying 30pc jump in reports of the illness in Ireland, new figures obtained by the Sunday Independent reveal. LEARN MORE

Feeling Stuck in Your Battle Against an Eating Disorder?

Imagine a kind of eating disorder treatment where how many times you binged or purged, or how much weight you gained this week, or how well you stuck to your meal plan was not important. LEARN MORE

Why the “Eat Less, Move More” Approach Often Fails

If you want to lose weight, the solution is simple: Eat less and move more, right? Everyone one knows that. But eating less and moving more is a lot easier for some people than others. It is easiest for people who are in the normal weight range and have perhaps gained a few pounds over the holidays. New research explains why this approach often fails with obese individuals. And why some calories are better than others when seeking to lose weight. LEARN MORE

Mothers, Daughters and Food

The mother-daughter relationship is a strong and storied one, both celebrated and disparaged. From the moment a pregnant woman knows she’s having a daughter—in my case, not until she was born—she begins to imagine passing on a lifetime’s worth of female experience to her child. A daughter naturally feels more known to a mother, especially in the early years before she fully develops her own personality. We delight in dressing them adorably in part because they reflect our own, younger, cuter selves. We are as proud of their accomplishments as if they were our own, and it can be difficult not to superimpose our own desires onto the dreams we have for them. We imagine that they will “be there” for us even when they are adults with their own families. A daughter is forever, as the adage says. LEARN MORE

3 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, this month’s blog post is dedicated to briefly discussing three common misconceptions surrounding eating disorders (ED) and hopefully raising awareness about these disorders more generally. Eating disorders can be devastating illnesses, but with help, recovery is possible. If you are struggling with symptoms of an eating disorder, please reach out to someone you trust and consider treatment. If you know someone who is showing signs of an eating disorder, consider reaching out to let them know that you care and encourage them to seek help. Contact information for the anonymous National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) helpline is listed at the bottom of this article. LEARN MORE

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News You Can Use-Week of February 16th-22nd

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of February 16th-22nd.

7 Reasons to Eat More Fiber

Upping your fiber consumption could save your life. Every 10 gram-per-day increase in fiber is associated with a 10 percent decrease in risk of death, according to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. LEARN MORE

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome has no single cause, but some of the most common contributors are chronic stress, dysbiosis, environmental contaminants, gastrointestinal disease, immune overload, overuse of alcoholic beverages, poor food choices, presence of pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts, and prolonged use of NSAIDs. Let’s discuss some of these one at a time. LEARN MORE

Top 10 protein-packed plants for survival and a healthy diet

As the price of grocery store meat continues to climb and as factory farming pollutes its quality, more people will be looking for alternative sources of protein. If one has the opportunity to raise chickens or rabbits for meat, then they already have an ongoing, self-sufficient survival food plan in place. If these options aren’t feasible, there are still plenty of alternative sources of protein in the natural world that don’t include eating grasshoppers or crickets. LEARN MORE

GMOs invade fruit industry: Apples, pears, cherries and peaches to all become unlabeled GMO

Genetically modified apples have been approved by the industry-corrupted USDA, a federal regulator that accomplishes for the biotech industry the same thing the FDA achieves for Big Pharma: unlimited profits, lax regulation and a ready willingness to accept fabricated “science” as fact. LEARN MORE

11 food rules you should ignore

Whether you fancy yourself a chef or barely know your way around the kitchen, there are plenty of culinary “facts” out there that are just plain fiction. Maybe you learned them from your mom or from your favorite cooking show — but the source doesn’t change the cold hard truth. Here are 11 food and cooking myths … busted! LEARN MORE

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News You Can Use – Oct 29-Nov 5 2012

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of October 29-November 5 2012!”

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Nutritional Benefits of Adzuki Beans

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While shopping at Whole Foods Market I discovered a “new to me” food, adzuki beans (pronounced “azuki”). I haven’t seen these beans in stores before, so I had to find out if adzuki beans have any health benefits over other beans. Here’s what I’ve found out!

Adzuki beans are grown in East Asia. They are traditionally used for both sweet and savory dishes in East Asia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, adzuki beans are believed to clear toxins from the body, clear heat from the body, reduce abdominal fullness and swelling due to edema, disperse blood statis, and improve jaundice. Adzuki beans are also high in iron, making it a good food for those who suffer from iron deficiency anemia. Adzuki beans may also promote good spleen and stomach health. They also believed to improve “yang” energy; you may have low yang energy if you have low productivity, are indecisive, are depressed or overly emotional, are controlling, are overly introverted, you tend to hold on to things too long, or have stagnant energy.

Nutritionally, how do adzuki beans compare to other beans? In comparison to mung beans, adzuki beans contain:

– almost twice as much iron

– more than twice as much potassium

– about 25% more magnesium

– almost twice as much phosphorous

– almost 2.5 times more zinc

– about 2 times more copper

– about 2 times more manganese

Mung beans beat adzuki beans in three areas. Mung beans contain less sodium, more selenium, and more vitamin A.

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What Exactly is Amish Chicken?

What exactly is Amish Chicken?

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes. My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Lately, more and more supermarkets are carrying a variety of brands of “Amish chicken”. What exactly is Amish chicken? Is it as good as organic, free-range chicken? When we think of chickens raised on Amish farms, we think of chickens raised on a family farm that are able to run in and out of the coop freely to roam freely in green pastures. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The New York Times interviewed Ariane Daguin, co-owner of D’Artagan, a supplier of Amish chicken to New York restaurants and markets. When asked what was meant when chicken was labeled as being “Amish”, she responded that it is simply “a marketing ploy, it doesn’t mean anything…..the mystique of the Amish Label comes from it’s aura of naturalness”.

In many cases, Amish chickens are not raised in a free-range environment. They still lead fairly confined lives as free-roaming chickens. Free-roaming chickens are typically provided natural light, feed, water and ventilation, and are free to roam, as long as it is within the four walls of chicken coop. There aren’t any clear regulations set on what type of living conditions farmers have to provide to their free-roaming chickens.

Be careful of companies that claim that most of the farms that supply them are Amish-owned farms. Note, the label doesn’t say most of the chicken comes from these farms. They could use 60 family-owned Amish farms, but then use two factory farms for the remainder of their required supply. They might get a few thousand chicken from the Amish farms, but a much greater number of their chickens would be coming from factory farms. It’s also important to note that most Amish chicken is not actually processed by the Amish, but alongside factory-farm chickens at USDA-inspected industrial processing plants.

You might notice the packaging on your locally available Amish chicken states that the chickens are raised on all vegetarian diets. This sounds comforting at first, I mean who would want to eat chicken that has been raised on a diet of beef, pork, or even worse chicken…it’s just not natural! Vegetarian-raised chickens are typically provided with feed that is comprised largely of soy and corn. These are two of the most genetically-modified foods in the United States (for more information on the dangers of GM foods, be sure to check out my recent post “Genetically Modified Foods: Are They Safe?”.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to play it safe and stick to free-range, organic, pastured chicken.

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Genetically Modified Foods – Are They Safe?

GMOs. Are they safe?

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Currently in the US, it is estimated that 70% of processed foods on our grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients. The FDA reports that there are no differences between GMO and non-GMO foods; their policy states that “the agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way”. Later, FDA documents were made public during a law suit that showed that statement was untrue. The FDAs own scientists repeatedly requested that the FDA complete long-term studies, due to concerns of increased allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems.  Michael Taylor, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, repeatedly overruled the scientist’s recommendations. It should be noted that prior to working for the FDA, Taylor was a Monsanto attorney and later a Monsanto vice-president. Currently, if a biotech food company “believes” that their genetically modified “creations” are safe, they can put the food in our food supply without reporting it to the FDA. Many biotech food companies don’t feel they should have to be responsible for ensuring that their foods are safe. In a New York Times Interview, Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications stated that “Monsanto should not have to vouch the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) strongly urges consumers to avoid genetically modified foods. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death. The Institute for Responsible Technology has listed many of these studies on their website, here are just a few of the findings of that they list:

  • Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
  • Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
  • Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
  • By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
  • Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
  • Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
  • Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
  • The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
  • Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.

Why do we have GMOs in the United States, when some countries like Europe are virtually GMO-free? It’s all about the “tipping point”. A tipping point is “the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development”. Europe hit the tipping point in April 1999, enough consumers stopped buying GMO foods to hurt the industry. Within one week of hitting this tipping point, all major food producers committed to ending the use of genetically modified ingredients in their products. These same companies are still using genetically modified ingredients in their US products. According to author and GMO expert Jeffrey M. Smith, if 5% of the US population refused to purchase genetically modified foods, major food manufacturers would no longer use genetically modified ingredients. Smith reports that there are several reasons that we have not hit the tipping point in the United States:

  • the American population has not been educated on genetically modified foods
  • American consumers don’t know which products contain genetically modified ingredients, due to lack of labeling

According to a poll completed by CBS and the New York Times, if genetically modified foods were labeled today, 53% of Americans would not purchase the labeled products. Smith predicts that even if 9 out of 10 of these Americans did not follow through with refusing to purchase these products, it would still be enough to reach our tipping point in the United States.

Without food labeling, it’s overwhelming to even begin removing all genetically modified foods from our diets. According to Smith, there are four tips to protect ourselves from genetically modified foods:

  • Buy organic foods
  • Avoid at-risk ingredients such as soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar derived from sugar beets, zucchini, crooked-neck squash, and Hawaiian papaya
  • Buy products that are labeled as being non-GMO
  • Buy products that are listed in a non-GMO shopping guide

The Institute for Responsible Technology is an excellent resource for obtaining reliable information about avoiding genetically modified foods. Founded in 2003 by Jeffrey M Smith, the goal of the organization is to stop the genetic engineering of our food supply. Responsible Technology has created an iPhone app to help consumers protect themselves from GMOs. The organization has also created a GMO Education program that provides a wealth of information about genetically modified foods such as:

  • The health risks associated with genetically modified foods
  • A shopping guide
  • The environmental dangers imposed by genetically modified foods
  • A physician’s guide
  • Tips on determining whether a product is genetically modified based on package labeling
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Sources:

Smith, Jeffrey M. (2008, November). Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. Speech presented at The Weston. A. Price Conference, San Diego, California.

GMO Health Dangers. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retrieved from the homepage of http://responsibletechnology.org/.

GMO Education. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retreived from http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/.

Pollan, Michael. (1998, October 25). Playing God in the Garden. The New York Times.

Wheat – The Staff of Life or the Kiss of Death?

Wheat

“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Today’s wheat is not the same wheat eaten during biblical times, when wheat was referred to as the “Staff of Life”. The wheat consumed in the United States today is a product of many, many years of hybridization with the purpose of creating a greater yielding crop that is resistant to heat, drought and cold, making it a more lucrative crop for industrial farmers.  (Shouldn’t “industrial farmer” be an oxymoron?)  Besides being cheap and plentiful, it is virtually impossible for humans or animals to digest without significant health consequences.

How did the Staff of Life become the Kiss of Death?

The first variety of wheat, called Einkorn, was grown by man more than 12,000 years ago. Einkorn is a fairly simple plant with only 14 chromosomes. Today’s wheat is much more complex, it has 42 chromosomes.  This is how we arrived to the type of wheat we consume today:


During the mid-18th century, there were 5 different varieties of Triticum Aestivum (commonly known as Bread Wheat), today there are 25,000 varieties.

It is no secret that the number of calories consumed by Americans has increased. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition documented a 440 calorie per day increase from 1977 to 2006 in 28,400 children and 36,800 adults. That is an extra 3080 calories per week.  It only takes 3500 extra calories to gain a pound. At the same time that calorie intake began to increase, a new variety of wheat was introduced into the American food system. This wheat was unique, because it contained a protein called gliadin. According to Dr. William Davis, author of The Wheat Belly, gliadin “exerts opiate-like effects”. Gliadin binds to the opiate receptors in the brain but instead of resulting in a “high” that would typically be experienced with the use of an opiate drug, gliadin causes us to experience food cravings (for wheat products as well as for other foods). This explains why so many Americans began gaining weight around this time.

Dr. Davis has also seen a link between wheat consumption and the development of eating disorders. He recently published an article stating that “we know that when people with celiac disease remove all wheat/gluten from the diet, calorie intake goes down 400 calories per day. We know that normal volunteers administered an opiate-blocking drug, such as naloxone or naltrexone, reduce calorie intake by around 400 calories per day. We also know that people with eating disorders, such as binge eating disorder, reduce calorie intake, yup, 400 calories per day when injected with an opiate-blocking drug. We also know that a drug company filed its FDA application in 2011 for naltrexone, a drug already on the market for heroin addiction, to be prescribed for weight loss.

Einkorn, the original wheat, can still be purchased today and may be an alternative for those looking for a wheat replacement. A company called “Jovial Foods” sells organic einkorn flour, organic einkorn berries, and einkorn-based cookies and pasta. Jovial Foods grows their einkorn on five different organic farms in Italy. All the ingredients in their products are completely non-GMO. As an added bonus, they use palm fruit oil in their cookies! None of their foods contain excitotoxins, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, or any other concerning food additives. You can buy their products directly from their website, or in some stores.

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Coconut Oil: Refined vs. Unrefined, Expeller-Pressed vs. Cold-Pressed, Virgin vs. Extra Virgin

“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Today there are a lot of varieties of Coconut Oil on the store shelf, trying to figure out what type to purchase can quickly become quite confusing. What are the differences between the different varieties available? What type of coconut oil yields the greatest health benefits?

Refined Coconut Oil vs. Unrefined Coconut Oil

Refined (Commercial Grade) Coconut Oil is both tasteless and odorless. It is the most processed coconut oil on the store shelf. It goes through a pretty intensive process that deodorizes and bleaches the oil. Sometimes Refined Coconut Oil is hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated, which results in the creation of trans-fats.

Unrefined Coconut Oil has a richer flavor than Refined Coconut Oil. The oil is minimally processed, which results in an oil that has a much higher nutrient content (proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants).

The Winner? Unrefined Coconut Oil

Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil vs. Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil involves squeezing the coconut oil out of the coconut meat in a screw-like machine. The pressure and friction in the expeller can lead to temperatures of around 99°C. At this temperature there are some, albeit minimal, nutrients lost.

Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil involves pressing the coconut milk out of the coconut meat at low temperatures, usually below 60°C. By utilizing this method the greatest amount of nutrients are preserved.

The Winner? It’s a close one but Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil wins.

Virgin Coconut Oil vs. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Surprisingly, according to Tropical Traditions, “there is no official classification or difference between ‘virgin’ and ‘extra virgin’ as there is in the olive oil industry, since the two oils are completely different in fatty acid composition, harvesting procedures, and terminology.” The classification of “extra virgin coconut oil” is completely arbitrary.

The Winner? It’s a tie!

Overall Results? Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil with Unrefined Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil being a very close 2nd.

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Sources:
http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/what_is_virgin_coconut_oil.htm
http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/unrefined-coconut-oil.html
http://goldenbarrel.blogspot.com/2012/01/truth-about-coconut-oil.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/318185-refined-vs-unrefined-coconut-oil/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/287991-what-is-the-difference-between-expeller-pressed-coconut-oil-cold-pressed-coconut-oil/

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