Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway- closed



If you grew up in the 80's and 90's like me you might have the opinion that coconut oil is terrible for you, as I did. We were told it is a saturated fat and therefore would clog our arteries and stop our heart. Coconut oil was promptly pulled from baked goods and I always had a twinge of guilt eating any coconut treat.


Like so much of what we hear about our health that information was at best misleading, at worst it was outright coconut slander. The poor abused coconut, however, has made a comeback in recent years. People have recently been proclaiming the glory of the coconut and its miraculous ability to cure a world of ills. I roll my eyes when I hear wild health claims, so I have skipped over all the coconut raving.


Then I was given the chance from a company called Tropical Traditions, to actually try coconut oil and read some literature on it. I figured it couldn't hurt to look into it.


Here is some of the research backed information I found-



  • A study of 40 women concluded that coconut oil does not result in more fats in the blood and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity ( Lipids. 2009 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]). This study affirms what previous studies have stated- consumption of coconut oil does not cause high cholesterol or heart disease.
  • Virgin coconut oil has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that are useful in the treatment of dermatitis (Dermatitis. 2008 Nov-Dec;19(6):308-15)and acne (Dermatol.2009 Apr 23 [Epub ahead of print]).
  • Animal studies indicate that consumption of coconut oil may actually lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood (Clin Biochem. 2004 Sep; 37(9):830-5).
  • Human research shows that consuming oils such as coconut oil can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (Metabolism. 2003 Jun; 52(6):771-7).
  • A wide variety of peer-reviewed research on the chemical components of coconut oil have hinted that coconut oil may help in reducing weight, slowing tumor growth, preventing obesity and combating a host of other human ailments.

I have actually read the research I am quoting. I never believe what I read (especially on the internet) unless I see the data myself. I spent a few too many years the pharmaceutical and scientific research industries to believe anything 2nd hand. I have included links to the research so you can read for yourself if that is your thing.


All this reading about coconut oil has convinced me it is something I should have in my diet more often. A 1998 article in the Journal of the Indian Medical Association sums up what we now know about consuming only oils we were told were 'healthier' like sunflower oil or safflower oil, stating,



there are numerous research data now available to indicate that the sole use or excess intake of these newer vegetable oils are actually detrimental to health and switching to a combination of different types of fats including the traditional cooking fats like ghee, coconut oil and mustard oil would actually reduce the risk of dyslipidaemias, AHD and Type-2 DM [diabetes] (J Indian Med Assoc. 1998 Oct; 96(10):304-7).


More and more the evidence seems to show that cutting out natural foods completely from our diet does more harm than good. I have come to the conclusion that diversity in diet is the answer, with all things in moderation. I never did understand how plant based oil could be so 'bad', just like I never thought avocados or almonds were 'bad' even though they are high in fat. Well lookie-there, research is now showing that items we were told to avoid are actually beneficial.


While research is amazing and fantastic and gives me warm fuzzies it often fails to take into consideration real life situations such as how people consume foods, how the food is prepared etc, so I never make a big change and eliminate any whole food based on some rat study. Nature knows best, I believe, so if it grows in the ground, tastes good and people have been eating it for thousands of years then it is good enough for me.


I won't be switching to using only coconut oil I have found that it is a great oil to cook with- clean tasting (no coconut taste at all), versatile and easy to measure. Plus Tropical Traditions coconut oil is certified as USDA organic, which gives it an advantage over 98% of oils on the shelf in stores.


Interested in trying coconut oil for yourself? Or perhaps you are already a fan of coconut oil and have a thing or two to teach me. In either case you will want to enter this giveaway for a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Also, if you are interested in reading more about the potential benefits of coconut oil be sure to check out this book, chocked full of great information, personal stories and a bit of history on the coconut oil revolution.


How to Enter


Visit the Tropical Traditions website and tell me what product you are most interested in trying. Or if you already have tried coconut oil tell me a little about your experience with the product. This entry must be completed in order to gain any extra entries.


Extra Entries

  • Follow Tropical Traditions on twitter (1 entry, leave your user id)
  • Fav my blog on technorati ( Link to the right, please leave your user ID)

  • Follow me on blogger, subscribe via rss reader or subscribe via email (links to the left, 1 entry for each )
  • Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway (1 tweet per day, link to your tweet please)
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to your post (2 entries)

The giveaway is open to both U.S. and Canadian residents. Entries will be accepted until June 13th 11:59 PM CST when a winner will be selected randomly. Winner will be notified via e-mail.


144 comments:

VickieB said...

I'd like to try the unscented moisturizing lotion

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2041486783

hondaray6 said...

Well, I feel dumb..I know nothing about coconut oil! I know Peanut Oil, Safflower and Crisco..thats it! LOL I'd like to try the All-Purpose Non-toxic Household Cleaner
though. I'm trying to get away from so many chemicals. I have COPD (lung disease) and the chemicals make breathing difficult. Thanks for sharing!

hondaray6 said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/2042476884

hondaray6 said...

I follow your blog

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

ohhh any of the skin care products Id love to try!!!!!!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

Im already a follower!!

Stephanie said...

I would like to try the bug arrest

Stephanie said...

blogged 1
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Stephanie said...

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blogged 2

Stephanie said...

Follower too!

Sue said...

I think I need a bucket of Coconut Chips. Thanks for sharing~

throuthehaze said...

i'd like to try the Organic Liquid Soaps

throuthehaze said...

I Follow Tropical Traditions on twitter
throuthehaze

throuthehaze said...

Faved your blog on technorati
throuthehaze

throuthehaze said...

follow on blogger

Tammigirl said...

I like the Fleur de la Terre cheese!!

Tammigirl said...

I am following TT on twitter as tammigirl

Tammigirl said...

I have faved you on techno as tammigirl

Tammigirl said...

I follow you on blogger

Tammigirl said...

I subscribe to your emails

Tammigirl said...

I subscribe to your RSS feeds

Tammigirl said...

http://twitter.com/tammigirl/status/2048523309

follow you on twitter and tweeted that

janetfaye said...

I would like to try Natural Bar Soaps - Scented.

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janetfaye said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on twitter - Janetfaye

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janetfaye said...

I follow your blog.

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janetfaye said...

Subscribed.

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janetfaye said...

1. Blogged:
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janetfaye said...

2. Blogged:
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LoisS said...

I would like to try the Coconut Cream Concentrate

LoisS said...

I follow on Twitter and I tweeted
https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2050348716

valerie2350 said...

i love their coconut oil - have used it for a lot of things, but really like it for making popcorn

valerie2350 said...

following tropical trad on twitter
valerie2350

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technorati
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follower

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email subscriber

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feed subscriber

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valerie2350 said...

1
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valerie2350 said...

2
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buried_unburied said...

Lavender Skin Exfoliator : )

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buried_unburied said...

I'm following them on Twitter (id- fashionablegal).

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always_317537 said...

I would like to try the coconut flour =)

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always_317537 said...

I follow tropical traditions on twitter =)

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always_317537 said...

I follow your blog =)

always_317537 said...

I am an email subscriber =)

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always_317537 said...

I am a rss feed subscriber too =)

always_317537 said...

I follow you on twitter (laughwithleslie) and I tweeted =)

http://twitter.com/laughwithleslie/status/2053263821

VickieB said...

6/6 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2053617174

Tammigirl said...

http://twitter.com/tammigirl/status/2054275305

Julie said...

i like to try the teeth cleansers-
in mint

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Julie said...

I subsrbive via email


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Julie said...

i am a blog follower

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LoisS said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2058600264

Fritzie said...

I'm following Tropical Traditions (@frugalfritzie)
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Fritzie said...

I'd like to try the Organic Coconut Flour, I'm very curious about that one!
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Fritzie said...

I subscribe via Google Reader
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Fritzie said...

Follow! Tweet!
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spitfyr323 said...

I'd love to try the Organic Insect Repellent!

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janetfaye said...

6/6 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2061351238

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Tammigirl said...

http://twitter.com/tammigirl/status/2063522491

Tweet for today

VickieB said...

6/7 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2063833434

DawnS said...

I would also like to try the all natural insect repellent.

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2064792731

janetfaye said...

6/7 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2064807683

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valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2064792731

VickieB said...

blogged
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VickieB said...

blogged 2
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Emily N. said...

All-Purpose Non-toxic Household Cleaner.
email in profile

Emily N. said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on twitter. My id is gotfire55.

movingforwellness said...

I love the peanut butter (eventhough it's not a nut;)

janetfaye said...

6/8 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2074862717

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missy said...

tweeted

VickieB said...

6/8 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2075494337

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2077015982

Halifax said...

I'd like to try the Citrus-Mint Skin Exfoliator

Halifax said...

I subscribed

Halifax said...

Followed and tweeted
http://twitter.com/juan_hurrican/status/2078808959

TopHat said...

I'd like to try their dish liquid. I'm looking for a new one!

TopHat said...

I follow on Twitter as TopHat8855

TopHat said...

I follow with blogger!

TopHat said...

And subscribe with google reader

LoisS said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2082356110

LoisS said...

1 I blogged
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LoisS said...

2 I blogged
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Courtney said...

I'd love to try the Lavender
Organic Deodorant Roll-on. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Courtney said...

I'm following troptraditions on twitter (annasmama0702)

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Courtney said...

I follow you on blogger

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Courtney said...

I subscribe via email

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Courtney said...

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Courtney said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted:

http://twitter.com/annasmama0702/status/2083332517

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Naddez said...

I would love to try the Citrus
Moisturizing Lotion.
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Naddez said...

Follow Tropical Traditions on twitter-Naddez.
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Naddez said...

Fave my blog on Technorati- Naddez.
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Naddez said...

Email Subscriber.
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coriwestphal said...

I live in MN and it's becoming mosquito season! I'd love to try their Organic Insect Repellent. Thanks!

coriwestphal said...

I follow troptraditions on twitter: coriwestphal

coriwestphal said...

You are in my Technorati faves: coriwestphal

coriwestphal said...

I'm subscribed via google reader.

coriwestphal said...

I'm an email subscriber.

coriwestphal said...

I'm a follower.

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/2086000748

VickieB said...

6/9 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2088317716

Halifax said...

Daily tweet
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VickieB said...

follow TT on Twitter vlbsweeps

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/2097958579

Traumajunky said...

I really want to try the coconut oil but I'd also like to try the coconut flour.

janetfaye said...

6/10 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2101087987

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VickieB said...

6/10 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2102185617

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2103361349

Halifax said...

Daily tweet
http://twitter.com/juan_hurrican/status/2105184778

Lisa said...

I'd like to try the Green Label coconut oil. I am following you on Twitter: @puparazzi

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

I follow you on twitter...love Tropical Traditions- have even blogged about it and tweeted about it!
I am *soon* to begin my recipe book-with my paintings-- and will include loads of coconut oil as I use it on a daily basis.

I would try anything from Tropical Traditions but the gold label coconut oil is what I can not do without!

In summer I pour it on my daily salads and use it in smoothies, grilling, sauteeing and such..and in the winter in soups and for my outstanding healthy popcorn (cocunt oil, throw in kernels in pot--pop...then add sea salt..yummmy and healthy!)

LoisS said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2110356887

LoisS said...

I follow

LoisS said...

I subscribe to email

Editor said...

I'd like to try the red palm oil for frying

Editor said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter

(I'm http://twitter.com/blackkitt)

VickieB said...

6/11 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2115838037

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2117058953

Halifax said...

Daily tweet
http://twitter.com/juan_hurrican/status/2119926824

LoisS said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2123690036

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/2124649272

VickieB said...

6/12 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2130863782

Elizabeth said...

i'm always up for something that reduces abdominal fat! yeah, coconut oil!

VickieB said...

Follow

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2133745999

Johnna said...

Would like to try.
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janetfaye said...

6/12 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2134397833

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

missy said...

Would love to try this
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LoisS said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2137941510

LoisS said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter ljshores

sito50 said...

I'd like to try the Lavender
Organic Deodorant Roll-on.

sito50 said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

sito50 said...

Blog follower, sito50

sito50 said...

E-mail subscriber.

sito50 said...

Following you on Twitter & tweeted, http://twitter.com/sito50/status/2148016602

VickieB said...

6/13 http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/2152685698

janetfaye said...

6/13 Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/2156441208

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

LoisS said...

my last tweet https://twitter.com/ljshores/status/2158894561

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/2160128898