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The Coconut Oil Miracle

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,228 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Use nature's elixir to lose weight, prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and beautify skin and hair.

Can saturated fat be good for you?

Natural coconut oil-not the hydrogenated version often found in processed foods-is a saturated fat, but not the kind your doctor has warned you about. Studies have shown that this uniquely curative oil actually has innumerable he
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 256 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Avery Trade (first published 2003)
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Jan 27, 2009 Margaret rated it it was amazing
This is a very unconventional book from what is taught in nutrition courses. It is very necessary for students to read this as medium chain fats are hardly ever discussed. It took me a hard time to digest the material simply because I had been so brainwashed in school but after I got over it, I practiced it on myself and have seen a vast improvement in my health and my childrens'. Anyone interested in nutrition and health should have a copy of this book. As a nutritionist, I will vouch for it... ...more
Rebecca Mcneish
Jun 11, 2013 Rebecca Mcneish rated it it was ok
Interesting how there was not one negative review here. Come on think people don't be like sheep. The book is skeptical. Yes I'm using coconut oil. With every claim he makes I check the reference. Mind you he failed completely to use not one footnote. Proving his lack of scientific writing skills. Editor is? Not found! Furthermore when studies are done only in mice that does not by any means say same results will occur in humans.

Specifically on p. 104 his, "Skin elasticity test " is so very bog
Fiona Endsley
Jul 25, 2009 Fiona Endsley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, cookbooks
Anyone with any health problems, especially digestive issues, or who wants to best preserve the good health they do have, should take advantage of the wealth of great info/research pesented in this book.
One of my children had had some physical/behavioral symtoms that lead me to use a glutenfree/casein free diet for awhile(and a fish oil supplement), which helped a good deal, but there was still clearly a piece of the puzzle missing. Coconut oil/milk/meat has been that piece. It's potent healing
Christie Bracciano
May 20, 2014 Christie Bracciano rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Coconut Oil Miracle". Having been a proponent of the use of coconut oil myself, I found so many additional ways in which to incorporate it into my daily life...not only in recipes, but also for hair and skin care. There are several recipes in the back of the book that I plan on using, as well; and I had no idea how much the soybean industry and our own government had brainwashed us, for many, many years, into believing that polyunsaturated fats were better for u ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Jeremy rated it liked it
Pretty interesting book on a natural food source that has fallen out of vogue. I thought it was odd that the only place I saw coconuts, coconut oil and coconut milk was at health food stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc.). Why would that be if it's not healthy to consume? A friend of mine answered that question by providing this book to me. I'm glad he did.
While not the most articulate or eloquent piece of writing you'll run across, Fife takes the time to break down cocunut's history (pushed
Mar 09, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-books
I'm so annoyed I didn't come to the idea of using coconut cream and coconut oil as replacements for dairy products sooner!

I wish so much I had. The coconut ice creams and hot chocolates and other dishes I have been making since reading this book, and others like it, are just delicious and so good for you as well. I've been going a bit coconut crazy I have to admit!

This book is just excellent. If you aren't convinced that eating coconut oil, with its high level of HEALTHY saturated fat is good fo
Nov 24, 2015 Correen rated it liked it

Part scare tactic, part hype, and heavily testimonial, but hidden within is a reasonable suggestion that coconut oil can be helpful in the prevention and treatment of health concerns. If everyone attempted to follow Fife's advise the coconut fields would be overwhelmed and the price would rise to an impossible level. I wonder if he is funded by the coconut and red palm industry.

I am already a coconut oil user and have used it to treat sinusitis with some success -- he did not mention my method.
Jun 10, 2009 Merry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to eat better, feel better, look better
Recommended to Merry by: self
Shelves: health
Oils... saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated.....these and so much more are discussed in this very informative book....the nutritional and health benefits of coconut. Also includes recipes to experience the "healing miracles of the perfect food". Well written, easy to understand, even the chapter that discusses the chemical make up of oils to support the scientific foundation. I found this book informative and I had a better understanding of why some oils are good and others are bad.

May 07, 2011 Marti rated it liked it
My sister gave this book to me for my birthday, along with a jar of 100% virgin coconut oil, which I am about to try. It is very interesting, though somewhat repetitive. It is also a little hard to believe that coconut oil and other forms of coconut can be as good for a person as Bruce Fife claims. I will know better just what it can do after I try some of the recipes, and perhaps use it on my skin and hair as suggested. There are little stories of how other persons benefitted from the use of it ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it

This book has good info, but is a bit outdated; this book was first published in the 90's and cites studies from this time. It's such a shame that negative advertising against the tropical oils has driven the public and food manufacturing to the consumption and use of oils that's making so many Americans fat. I'm going to give coconut oil a try, although some of the author's claims seem too good to be true!
Mar 28, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it
This was a more interesting book than I had first thought it would be. I have used coconut oil a little in the past but I think he's made me a believer and I will be making it a part of our diet in the future. I usually look at stuff like this with a bit of a jaded view but I passed certain facts past my pharmacologist husband and he didn't disagree with the author. Looking at a new style of cooking and eating!
MH Nolde
Mar 26, 2012 MH Nolde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
This book was a wealth of information. I am shocked at how much coconut oil can help many people and how it is processed in the body! Not only does coconut oil help with thyroid disorders but you can use it as a topical lotion! If you are interested in learning more about your health and wellness, I highly recommend this book.
Cheryl Boyd
Jan 21, 2010 Cheryl Boyd rated it it was amazing
After reading this book and doing other research I added coconut oil to our diet and cut out other fats except raw butter and some olive oil (but not for cooking since heat destroys a lot of what is good in olive oil) and Richard and I both have already noticed that we feel better and have more energy. That's after only a few weeks.
Apr 12, 2012 Jonna rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this book. Tons of good information that is so important for your family's nutrition. A little bit repetitive at times (only reason I didn't give it 5 stars), but very good otherwise.
Sep 18, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it
Interesting concept, very sciency. Would probably under stand it more if I was a science major. Going to try using coconut oil in my food and on my skin for a couple of months, see if there are any changes. Will change my review stars based on the results.
Feb 10, 2012 Morgan rated it liked it
I'm on the coconut oil bandwagon. I use it every day and it's good to know all the health benefits.
Feb 21, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it
I really liked this book explaining the science behind coconut oil. It got a little too scientific for me in some parts but for the most part, the book was written for the lay person.
Jul 07, 2015 Y rated it liked it
Listening to the audiobook, though there isn't an option to choose it from the other editions.
May 25, 2014 Artemis rated it liked it
The author likes to repeat himself a lot in this book. Other than that it is pretty good book.
Jan 30, 2008 Mia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! There was so much to know about coconut oil. I now use it every day for many different things! There are great recipes in the back as well.
Nov 05, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it
This book was very informative. I actually read it in two days because it was so interesting. I am implementing coconut oil into my diet and have gotten rid of the oils he indicated were bad for me.
Sonja Sutton
May 23, 2012 Sonja Sutton rated it it was amazing
This has been a amazing book. Almost my whole life I ave been told to stay away from this fat. I have so much more energy and just essentially feel better. Thanks so much for writing this book!
Iona  Stewart
Jul 22, 2011 Iona Stewart rated it it was amazing
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time before I actually managed to get hold of it. And I wasn't disappointed.

It turns out that we have all been deceived about the saturated fat in coconut oil being harmful.

Coconut oil is composed primarily of medium- and short-chain fatty acids. The medium-chain fatty acids are broken down and used mostly for energy production - thus they produce energy not fat. They have no negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against
Feb 09, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
There is a lot of great info. in this book. I think some of it is exaggerated, but overall worth reading to give you a different perspective and encourage you to educate yourself further. I use coconut oil for a lot more things now having read the book. Worked great on my little guys chapped skin from a runny nose.
Catherine Davison
Dec 28, 2016 Catherine Davison rated it liked it
was recommended by a colleague. I'll try using coconut oil. the parts about how Big Agriculture hoodwinked us all against fat and butter made sense.
Apr 04, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
I checked this book out looking for a specific piece of information and ended up gaining a lot more knowledge than expected. Wow! Coconuts (oil, milk, meat) should be labeled as a super food and should be incorporated into everyone's diet. In addition to the numerous health benefits the oil provides, it is 100% cholesterol free which makes it the perfect cooking and baking oil. I have started using the oil in my diet and topically as a skin conditioner and while I haven't been able to determine ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Ci rated it did not like it
Shelves: how-to-books
As a food source, coconut is flavorful and delicious. But it has a strong cultural backing to its popularity. It is nothing miraculous medicinally: this is a type of oil that is calorically same to other oil, with a medium fatty acid chain which has no clear-cut medical implication. The research cited are largely small sample observational studies with no convincing evidence to cure modern ills such as CHD and obesity.

What does contra its heart-disease fighting property is the emerging obesity
Jan 08, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say that I'm not sure I fully believe all of his claims. He made a lot of them throughout the book. That being said, I do believe that coconut oil is very healthy for you and the soybean industry is trying to make you think otherwise. I've been using it for over a year as a moisturizer, and it keeps my skin more hydrated than any commercial product out there (which I no longer use). I also feel safe putting it on/in my body because I know exactly what's in it, which is 100% virgin c ...more
Amber Polo
Dec 17, 2013 Amber Polo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"A completely revised and updated guide..."

This review is not really about the content. I think the content is great. I believe in the coconut oil miracle. Yet, when comparing the 5th edition (2013) to the 4th edition (2004) I see basically no changes. I bought the 5th hoping there would be new research, new proof, new conclusions. I was disappointed.
I found no new forward or introduction. One website added to the Resources section. The Product section was dropped. In References (chapter bibli
May 11, 2010 Betty rated it really liked it
I have finished The Coconut Oil Miracle and am pretty much convinced to try the coconut oil and coconut addition to my diet. I don't usually go along with alternative ideas about food, medicine, etc, but this book convicned me to try it. I am already using coconut oil, dried flaked coconut and today, purchased some coconut milk. I am also trying the oil on some places on my body--the jury is still out. The idea of using coconut oil/coconut in our diets originates with the study of natives of tro ...more
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