Amazing Food Finds: Excuse Me, Dr. Weil.

I’ve been a avid follower of Dr. Weil for many years.  He, the likes of Dr. Mercola, Chopra, Wolfe and many others have educated me,a nd guided me down the clean superfood path.  However, as of late (and by late, I mean last 5 years or so), I have become increasingly concerned about Dr. Weil and his business.  Well, the latter is what concerns me most.  The consummate anti-capitalist I am, I get very wary when food becomes business and vice versa.  I’m all about doing what you’re passionate about, and making a living doing so.  I love independent health food stores, and Farmer’s Markets are my joy.  But the more I see Dr. Weil appearing on the cover of this and that, vitamin line this, trademarked treatment of that.  I’m not mad, just wary.  And I became more wary when I was researching coconut oil the other day, and came across a post of his that states:

 The benefits of coconut oil in the diet, if any, are likely to be minimal, and until we have more and better evidence about coconut oil’s effect of metabolism and potential role in promoting weight loss, I do not recommend using it.

Shame, shame, Dr. Weil.  Coconut and all coconut products, INCLUDING oil is a superfood.  One of the esteemed short list of about a dozen, and has been proven time and time again, both officially and unofficially to:

  • IMPROVE heart health through its unique chain of triglycerides, which are not found in ANY OTHER fat
  • Boost thyroid health
  • Increase metabolism
  • Promotes a lean body, and weight loss (because of the medium chain of fatty acids (MCFAs), the oil is easily digested and immediately burned as energy by your liver–unlike the longer shains present in other oils which take longer to digest and therefore are often stored as fat.)
  • Supports a healthy immune system 

Dr. Mercola actually has a short artcle about coconut oil, in which he references farmers back in the 40’s who gave coconut oil to their livestock in an effort to fatten them up, and all it ended up doing was making them lean, hungry and energetic!  Of course, Dr. Mercola is not alone, and neither am I.  Pacific Islanders swear by the stuff, and have nearly non-existent cardio issues.  And, if you need another reason to make the switch, coconut oil is the ONLY oil that is safe to cook with at high temperatures, due to its stable and Omega-3 rich nature.  Yes, including the EVOO.  Olive oil is an excellent mono-unsaturated fat source, and should be used as dressings and dips. just not heated–heat destroys its beneficial properties. 

So how do I cook my eggs, you may ask!  Herein lies our next Amazing Food Find!  Coconut Oil spray.  What a lovely, healthy superfood invention.



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One thought on “Amazing Food Finds: Excuse Me, Dr. Weil.

  1. Somer says:

    I think he is going along the lines of Dr. Esselstyn, Chef AJ, Dr. Campbell and more, that eating the whole food, as in the coconut, is ALWAYS a better option than the refined oil. You can get all those things from the coconut, as you can from the olive, almond, avocado, etc. WITHOUT 120 calories of pure fat per tablespoon. Oils are the most concentrated form of fats on the planet. Not necessarily a good thing.

    When you refine the whole food, into an oil, their argument is that it’s not any different than eating white flour, since the oil refinery process takes most of the nutrients available in the whole food.

    I have significantly cut my oil consumption of every kind since reading, Unprocessed, The China Study, Engine 2 Diet, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and Eat to Live. I still use some now and again, but mostly get my fats in my diet from nuts, seeds, avocado and whole coconut.

    Here is a line from Dr. Esselstyn’s Q&A Section of his website:

    Olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, Sunflower oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, any oil –
    Which oil is best?
    Avoid oils. They injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease.

    [I read his book, it goes into great detail over the scientific evidence about oils damaging the endothelium, super convincing]

    Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

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