The Coconut Oil Miracle, 5th Edition, by Bruce Fife, Avery (a division of Penguin Group), $18.00 list price, paperback.
From the publisher:
For years, The Coconut Oil Miracle has been a reliable guide for men and women alike. Now in its fifth edition, this revised and updated version has even more information on the benefits of coconut oil and shows readers how to use it for maximum effect, including a nutrition plan with 50 delicious recipes. Coconut oil is much more than just a fad. It is a uniquely curative elixir that has been shown to have countless health benefits.
When taken as a dietary supplement, used in cooking, or applied directly to the skin, coconut oil has been found to:
- Promote weight loss
- Help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and many other degenerative diseases
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve digestion
- Prevent premature aging of the skin
- Beautify skin and hair
I've been hearing about the benefits of coconut oil from various media sources so I was interested in this book. The author seems credible as a naturopathic doctor and certified nutritionist and he isn't selling coconut oil, doesn't work for the industry, and takes care to cite objective research.
The first surprise is that not all saturated fats are bad as we've been led to believe, especially those that are in their natural state and not hydrogenated transfats. For those who want to know the details, the book outlines the differences between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats and gives a basic understanding of the processes that make fats good or bad. But if you'd rather skip the "science" in chapters one and two, start with chapter three to learn about the real benefits of coconut oil; benefits such as helping prevent heart disease, dental disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. It also contains compounds that are naturally antibacterial which makes it great for topical use as well as a food. Cultures that have diets high in coconut oil and coconut itself have long enjoyed better health than most others, something that has now been documented scientifically.
Chapters in the book include A New Weapon Against Heart Disease, Nature's Marvelous Germ Fighter, Beautiful Skin and Hair, Coconut Oil as Food and Medicine, to name a few. There are also recipes included to incorporate coconut oil into one's diet.
This book is the latest fifth edition with updated research and resources.
Coming into the New Year with resolutions for better health, I think this would be a great resource to consider. As a result of reading this book, I was convinced to purchase coconut oil. I'm finding ways to incorporate it into my daily diet and will hopefully reap the health benefits.