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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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What about this "poisonous" coconut oil?

So now a study came out that said that coconut was like "poison" to humans ( https://www.vox.com/science-and-heal...-saturated-fat ). So now that many of us give it to our dogs for health reasons, what are we supposed to do? All these contradicting studies....grrr.
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What health reasons specifically? I've never bought in to it. I never buy in to anything that is a cure all.
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Isn’t her claim just another salvo in the saturated fat wars?
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What health reasons specifically? I've never bought in to it. I never buy in to anything that is a cure all.
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/he...good-for-dogs/
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It was kind of a rhetorical question Wolfy. My point was I'm not surprised that the cure all notion of coconut oil is being proven false. I don't buy into all the food hype fads and this was just another one of them.
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I use it for my dogs for digestion, 1 tbs once a day. I haven’t seen any negative results. I heard about the study and haven’t looked into it in detail yet, but they said for humans. One of my dogs is on a LID diet which leaves out a lot of nutrients so I supplement her anyway. I don’t think it can hurt but I don’t overdo it. I would never eat it myself, but my diet is varied enough without it.
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Here is a different take on it
https://qz.com/quartzy/1367711/is-co...d-complicated/

Trader Joeís sells triple filtered coconut oil which is odorless and available on Amazon or in their stores.
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[QUOTE=LuvShepherds;9102473]I use it for my dogs for digestion, 1 tbs once a day. I havenít seen any negative results. I heard about the study and havenít looked into it in detail yet, but they said for humans. One of my dogs is on a LID diet which leaves out a lot of nutrients so I supplement her anyway. I donít think it can hurt but I donít overdo it. I would never eat it myself, but my diet is varied enough without it.[/QUOTE

The bolded. Like all things. Moderation is the key. Nothing in excess is good. I read the article and the rebuttal of the original Dr.s study saying coconut oil was good for you. The original study was done with 100% MCT derived from coconut oil. Not actual coconut oil either unrefined or refined. That is key to understanding the conflicting views. In addition, to consume the amount of actual coconut oil verses MCT used in the original study stating it's benefits, human or dog couldn't consume that much unless that's all they ate. Seriously, I don't think anyone has a real clue about most of this stuff other than to say eat as clean as you can in moderation and balance.
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I use coconut oil topically for some of Shadows owies and it works well. Since she hates it she doesn't lick it off. She had developed a callous type thing on her front leg from chewing it, which was causing it's own issues. The coconut oil kept it soft enough that it healed and I had no fears that she may ingest it.
It was recommended for Bud when he got old as a supplement to aid in digestion and it worked wonders. I added a tablespoon a day to his food and it seemed to clear up a lot of problems for him. I also used it topically on the urine burns from incontinence and on his old man elbows and saw great results. It SEEMED to help solve the incontinence as well.
I don't think it's a cure all, but it did appear to help with some issues.
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Coconut oil can be confusing because it is different that other saturated fats. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is the component that is a good antibacterial and disinfectant. It also contains MCT's which are easily used by the body for energy and can be a very efficient source of energy. An increase in LDL is NOT bad if the ratio of your LDL/HDL stays withing range. If one increases a crazy amount and the other does not then you have a bad ratio and run into heart problems. The science on LDL is outdated and new research shows its the particle size of the LDL that matters and not just the number of how high or low it is. Id say its relatively safe but theres no reason a dog or human should be eating very much of it anyways. Its not a natural type of saturated fat for a dog like animal fat is. Saturated fats being bad in general is outdated. We now know that saturated fat in moderation is healthy and its processed hydrogenated vegetable oils that are bad like canola, soybean, and palm oil (a fruit).
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