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The nice folks over at Eukonic  sent me their Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil supplement to give a try. According to the website, this supplement “Supports healthy cholesterol levels and weight loss By delivering the highest percentage of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) and Lauric Acid [and] supports heart health”.

I am at an average weight, five foot 1 around 110 lbs. My cholesterol levels are a tad high but in healthy ranges. I have days where I have good energy and days where I am definitely tired. I weight train a lot, as well as work and am a student. I am a good candidate for this supplement, so I gave it a try.

One bottle is roughly $14.95, with 120 softgels per bottle. There is 1000mg of Organic Coconut Oil per softball. You are instructed to take 1-2 daily, with a meal. They are easy to swallow and squishy. You can smell the coconut aroma once you open the jar.  I have a sensitive stomach, and I do recommend eating these with food as I got mild upset stomach (I had it before a meal).

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The first week, I had some gas and bloating from this supplement. I couldn’t figure out why at first, because I literally eat the same things every day, and the only new thing introduced into my diet was these pills. That subsided within a week, but if I forgot to take it for a day or two, mild bloating would come back.

My energy levels were about the same, but I definitely felt I got better workouts toward the second week of taking them. This may or may not have been from the supplement.

My weight actually did drop, and my appetite was lessened. Again, school just started with work, so TO BE FAIR, I cannot say that this was caused by the supplement, but it could have been possibly correlated. Remember, correlation, not causation without definitive proof.

However, the entire time on the pill my appetite is lower, and I dropped about 2 lbs, which is a decent amount for someone of my size.

I have not had my cholesterol levels checked, but I can report back once blood work is taken.

 

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Overall, definitely worth a try. If not, coconut oil I’m sure offers a lot of healthy stuff. People cook it and take it straight up with a spoon all the time for the health benefits. This at least makes it easier and more palatable if you do not like the taste. 3 1/2 stars

 

8 May 2010, Comments (4)

Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews

Author: Healthnuttxo

Are you a runner? Or a sports enthusiast who needs quick energy? Or maybe, you just want something sweet, organic and chewy?

Well, Sharkies Organic Kids Sports Chews are the answer! These chews are USDA certified organic, gluten free, nut free, GMO free, fructose free, have no trans fat, and provide 100% of your daily needs of vitamin C. The company sent me some of their products to try, and I decided to review the Kids variety. (Sharkies also come in the “adult” variety- which are still organic fruit chews)

The Kids sports chews come in 4 flavors- the 45 gram packs of Tropical Splash, and Berry Blasters, and then the “lunchbox variety” Berry Bites & Fruit Splash.

The chews were very delicious, and the texture was right on. Not too “gummy” and not weirdly “chewy”- they were the perfect mix of the two. Think of gummy bears, but a little bit stiffer and not so sticky. I loved that they were in cute shark shapes, and came in vibrant colors like orange, yellow, and purple. They were definitely sweet (seeing as the first ingredient is cane juice/tapioca syrup or brown rice syrup), but weren’t sickly sweet or artifical tasting like some gummy products can be.

I know when I run, I cannot eat too much before hand (I’ve been blessed with a senstive stomach– thank youuuu genetics! ). I found that eating a package of these provided me with a ton of energy, and NO troubles on the tummy. I also ate a few for a quick burst of energy during my 10K run.

Overall, I give these 4 1/2 stars. Tasty and great for supplying immediate energy for races and more. I think I’ll probably eat them instead of candy gummy bears too, as a healthier, organic alternative 😉

Tropical Splash- 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors Added (Turmeric, Annatto), Sodium Citrate

Berry Blasters– 1 bag (45g) is 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Colors Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Natural Flavors, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carnauba Wax

Berry Bites & Fruit Splash- 1 bag (23 grams) is 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Syrup Solids, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Color Added (Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Organic Sunflower Oil, Carmauba Wax

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