Coconut Oil and Fat
April Fulton over on NPR.org, posted this article looking at the benefits of using coconut oil in cooking
"In the past few years, coconut oil has been called a superfood that can help you blast belly fat and raise your good cholesterol. The sweet and nutty trendsetter has been featured in many cookbooks as a substitute for olive or canola oil — and it can cost a bundle at the store. A recent survey found that 72 percent of Americans say coconut oil is a "healthy food," but many nutrition experts aren't convinced. The problem is that coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fat — the kind that is a big risk factor for heart disease, which kills more than 17 million people a year worldwide."
An important factor in having good health is knowing the vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat, especially in the coming decades as climate change and increased CO2 causes a decrease in nutrition of major foods. Being healthier has a direct correlation in how you handle stress and minimizing your rise of heart disease will be crutual when medical care is either too expensive to get or not there at all.
Add to that is the simple factor of travel costs. I don't see many coconut trees outside my window here in St Louis. We will need to re-localize as much of our food supplies as we can. Bottom line, coconut oil might be OK for the occasional Asian stir fry but there are better and more healthy alternatives.