Click here to view newsletter…….June 2017 Precious Timber Newsletter
Click here to view newsletter…….June 2017 Precious Timber Newsletter
Last week the biggest internet story in the health field was the news that coconut oil is supposedly bad for you. This wasn’t just the usual throwaway fodder posted by breathless bloggers, but was picked up by respected news outlets. Shame that they didn’t do their homework before hopping aboard the latest nonsensical nutrition bandwagon.
First off, you would’ve thought that we’d put the outdated and discredited “fat is bad” narrative to the sword by now. A large body of research shows that ketogenic and other high fat diets are effective in minimizing the number and severity of seizures in people with epilepsy and other brain disorders, aiding athletic performance and recovery and, when replacing sugar-derived calories, in reducing the incidence of metabolic, cardiovascular and digestive conditions. Meanwhile, low fat diets that are high in sugar are at the root of many of the health issues that Big Sugar tried to pin on fat for decades (see Gary Taubes’s book The Case Against Sugar).
But yet here we are in mid-2017 with irresponsible stories perpetuating myths that should have been relegated to the bygone low-fat age. It’s not just the fact that this study is bashing coconut, but that it’s promoting vegetable oils as supposedly “healthy.” In her outstanding book Deep Nutrition, Dr. Cate Shanahan makes the case against veggie oils, particularly the mutations that occur in them when they’re heated, which potentially increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and many of the other leading killers in Western society. Not to mention, as her website states, “oxidative stress that leads to impaired cognitive function at every age.”
Another issue with the “coconut bad/vegetable oil’s good” story is its take on cholesterol. As Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey pointed out when reacting to the coconut kerfuffle on his Facebook page, “there’s no cholesterol in coconut oil” and while the lauric acid in coconut can be harmful in high quantities, eating plenty of real vegetables (not the highly processed oils mentioned a moment ago) protects against ill effects. Then there’s the inconvenient truth that, contrary to the report, the kind of fat found in coconut is actually good for your heart.
The story’s headline also states that “coconut oil is as bad for you as red meat and butter.” Now if you ate a lot of farm-raised red meat derived from animals fed a pesticide-laced, GMO corn diet, injected with antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones and who knows what else then sure, you’re not going to be the healthiest person around. But if, on the other hand, you consume organic, grass fed red meat in moderation, you’re eating a food that’s a rich source of cardiovascular health-promoting omega 3 fatty acids, high in muscle-building protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals. And if your butter is also grass-fed and organic, you’re going to be getting heart health-boosting CLA, bone-protecting vitamin K and butyrate, which improves the efficiency of energy production and has anti-inflammatory effects. So again, the “coconut, butter and red meat are bad for you” line is as lazy as it is scientifically shaky.
So if you regularly eat coconut, use coconut oil in cooking or supplement with coconut-derived MCT oil, you’re not going to trash your health (same goes for organic, grass-fed red meat). And if you don’t consume any of these, don’t be scared off. As long as you eat coconut in moderation, you’ll be just fine. Low-fat zealots be darned.
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Vita Coco, the world’s leading brand of coconut water, is exploring a sale of the company that could value it at up to $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Vita Coco’s parent company — whose investors include celebrities Madonna and Matthew McConaughey — has hired JP Morgan to advise it on a sale, three sources said. They declined to be identified as the matter is private.
Any sale of U.S.-based Vita Coco would come as traditional fizzy drink sales continue to slow and consumers increasingly turn to healthier drinks like coconut water.
The business could attract interest from beverage companies such as PepsiCo (PEP.N), Coca-Cola (KO.N) or Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS.N), which late last year paid $1.7 billion for anti-oxident drink maker Bai Brands. PepsiCo and Coke are already the No. 2 and 3 producers of coconut water.
May 30, 2016
By Dr. Mercola
It seems that coconut oil has been getting a lot of press lately and for many different reasons. It has a number of surprising uses, as a food, certainly, but for many other health-related benefits. Some of them are quite surprising.
That’s why coconut oil seems to have moved from “What is it?” to “It’s a superfood!” as people all over the world take stock of what it can do for them.
Nutritionally speaking, the fatty acids in coconut oil lend can have significant effects on your wellbeing. Just take a look at some of the body-wide benefits you can reap just by adding this oil to your diet:
•Supports proper thyroid function – Unlike soy oil and other vegetable oils, coconut oil does not interfere with thyroid function. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation that may lead to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
•Promotes heart health – Animal and human studies found that heart disease risk factors such as total, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels were greatly improved by taking coconut oil.
In particular, coconut oil’s saturated fats may actually increase “good” HDL cholesterol, while also helping convert “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form. (More on this later)
•Promotes healthy brain function – Researchers found that ketones may work as an alternative energy source for malfunctioning brain cells, which has been found to reduce symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
•Gives your immune system a boost – The lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, and caprylic acid that coconut oil contains are known for their antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Regularly using it may help prevent colds/flus, and alleviate illnesses like hepatitis C, herpes and the Epstein-barr virus.
•Helps promote weight loss – Coconut oil provides an excellent “fuel” for your body and stimulating your metabolism to help you shed excess body fat.
Hi Alex & Ken,
Just a brief note of TREMENDOUS appreciation for the outstanding day of plantation touring you and your staff provided for us – just last week!! The professionalism, humility, integrity, patience, welcoming spirit, expertise, hospitality were “5 star!” It was quite profound to see and “to meet” our trees/ our land after months of sharing trusting e-mails and phone communication. The conversation throughout our multi-hour plantation field trip was so enjoyable, very interesting and exceptionally informative!!! Dan and I felt like “royalty” when escorted throughout our journey by the respectful and gifted Precious Timber forestry engineers. Aroldo – you were so gracious and helpful!! Simply stated, we are ELATED to be clients of Precious Timber!!!
A ba-zillion thank you’s (and . . . wishing we were still in Nicaragua!!!),
December 2016 Precious Timber Newsletter
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December 17, 2016
By Dr. Mercola
For many years, orange juice was the “go-to” beverage for breakfast. In the 1950s and ’60s, it was considered one of the world’s most nutritious drinks. Many people had special miniature glasses in their cupboards just for this purpose.
But good old o.j. isn’t the fashion so much anymore. In fact, last year, commercial orange juice sales reportedly sank to a new low over the previous 15 seasons. One reason is because it’s been found to be not quite as healthy or necessary for a “balanced diet” as it was once thought to be.
Another reason orange juice no longer flows at every breakfast table is because it’s been replaced by the nectar of another fruit: coconut. How well is this exotic beverage expected to fare, especially for those who have more invested than a fondness for a refreshing new drink?
Currently, Technavio estimates that coconut water sales rake in about $2 billion a year, and will probably reach $4 billion in the next five years. Celebrities have jumped onto the coconut water craze for profit, backing brands with their names attached.
More than 200 brands of coconut water are now being sold. As for the big companies, in 2007, a 25 percent stake in Vitacoco, a coconut water brand, was sold for $7 million to Verlinvest. Another 25 percent stake in Vitacoco sold to Red Bull China for about $166 million in 2014.
Read the rest of this amazing article here.