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    Has anyone seen coconut flour in Santo Domingo?

    Any health food markets, stores that anyone recommends for good natural, organic products. Also natural yogurt.

    I am specifically looking for gluten, wheat free products. Any recommended suppliers to order in such things at reasonable pricing?

    thx.

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    I believe you should be looking for coconut milk powder? Not sure if it is also marketed as 'flour' but you might have more success by calling it a powder.

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    Can't help about the flour, but I have been looking for Virgin Coconut Oil for six months. I pay a real high premium to have it shipped from the States. For those that don't know, this may be one of the healthiest oils we can consume. It is the best for cooking. I also use it in my smoothies.
    I'm also looking for natural peanut butter (when you see the oil on the top), which I know is produced in the DR, but I can't find it in Sosua.

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    There's a new place selling gluten-free products in Mirador Sur, opposite the Cadena supermarket.

    I have an idea the Mercado Ecológico in the same area has closed down - does anyone have any concrete info?

    Orgánica in Piantini is still open though. Plaza Cataluña, Avenida Gustavo Mejía Ricart.

    Ananda on Casimiro de Moya in Gazcue

    Possibly Ojas in Zona Universitaria (Calle Jonas Salk)

    That natural peanut butter is great - some health food shops sell it although it's been a while since I've seen any. I think it's made by Productos Granix, which has a shop near Bonao on the Duarte highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charliesmission View Post
    Can't help about the flour, but I have been looking for Virgin Coconut Oil for six months. I pay a real high premium to have it shipped from the States. For those that don't know, this may be one of the healthiest oils we can consume. It is the best for cooking. I also use it in my smoothies....
    I'm sold on the virtues and health benefits of virgin coconut oil. There has been recent scientific trails that suggest it can even cure Alzheimer's. I also would like to know of a local source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I'm sold on the virtues and health benefits of virgin coconut oil. There has been recent scientific trails that suggest it can even cure Alzheimer's. I also would like to know of a local source.
    I thought coconut oil was one of the worst for trans fats, along with palm kernel oil???? Doesn't it clog the arteries???? Enlighten me please!

    AE

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    I thought coconut oil was one of the worst for trans fats, along with palm kernel oil???? Doesn't it clog the arteries???? Enlighten me please!

    AE
    I just did a cursory search in Google with "virgin coconut oil" + "Alzheimers" and got over 125.000 hits. There's ongoing research on the treatment of Alzheimers with virgin coconut oil, and the health benefits of consuming virgin coconut oil in general.

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    my cunado did bring coconut oil from vitamine shoppe (or whatever it is called) for few people. they sell variety of them at about 15 dollars for 16oz. plus shipping. plus EPS charges. expensive.

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    @AlterEgo:

    Trans fats are primarily create when an oil is partially hydrogenated. Hydrogenation gives an oil a higher melting/smoke point and retards its spoilage.

    Coconut and palm oils are high in saturated fats, which is to say there are fewer double bonds in its natural state.

    When coconut oil is partially hydrogenated, some of the double bonds are converted into single bonds, which adds a hydrogen atom to the chain. It's processed in such a way that some of the remaining CIS double bonds "flip," turning then into TRANS double bonds. TRANS fats are currently thought to be the most hazardous to your health. TRANS bonds do not normally occur in unprocessed vegetable oils, but CRISCO will have them because it's been partially hydrogenated.



    When any oil is fully hydrogenated, there are no TRANS fats because there are no double bonds.

    There is a lot of debate going on out there about the health of various oils. Animal fats such as butter and unprocessed lard are gaining ground as not being nearly as unhealthy as they were once thought. Shelf-stable lard is partially hydrogenated to make it last longer.

    Keep in mind that there is some "science" out there that may be funded by very large corporations. When coconut oil suddenly became "unhealthy," it crushed the world copra market. Movie theaters switched from using coconut oil to corn oil to pop their popcorn. Meanwhile there has been very little research on the health effects of coconut oil in countries where it is a primary cooking oil. Mustard oil was also given a bad rap in India(causing it to be banned for cooking), where Monsanto has something of an interest that their GM oils are used instead.

    Coconut oil is almost 50% Lauric Acid, which is thought to have anti-microbial properties. Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid, so there can be no trans-fats. Coconut oil contains about 7% unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which can be converted to trans fats through processing.
    Last edited by PeterInBrat; 07-09-2011 at 10:08 PM.

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    Thanks, Chirimoya;
    Now all I have to do is find the locations of your suggestions. I hope some are near Sosua, but I'll try to locate the places via the Internet, unless you know of an easier way. I've been in Sosua for six months, on a mountain bike, so my geographical knowledge is limited.
    I do see that people are still under the misperception promoted by the corn oil producers that their "junk" is the stuff to use. Virgin coconut oil is recognized by health advocates (who do not have a financial interest -- always "follow the money" when you see advice) to be one of the very best oils to ingest.
    What a great opportunity for a thriving industry here in the DR. Coconut sugar is also healthy (and I have zero vested interests).

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