You are right about Coconut oil, I take a teaspoon everyday. Helps to keep hormones optimal and a must if you are an athlete or work out often. It's one of the best fats out there and it's also a great anti-fungal.
Coconut oil can be good, but the entire coconut is better. I'm one of those people who do not do well on a low fat vegan diet (or a vegan diet high in modern seed oils or junk fats), and coconut (coconut milk in particular), changed my fasting habits dramatically. Before my expanded use of coconut in general, and the discovery of the Kitavan diet in particular, I could never go more than 5 days during Lent on a strict vegan fast. With its use, I have been able to do just fine. There are so many uses for coconut water, milk, and meat because of the high saturated fat content. You can use it in soups to desserts and everything in between. I have helped other people as well who also struggled on the modern style low fat or high junk fat Lenten vegan diet.
I think the crux of the problem is all the packaged and processed foods in today's modern society. I think that some foods that are at the root of so many health problems these days are those that consist of yeast, refined flour products, moldy, and fungal containing foods. There is a doctor that has done some ground breaking research into this and he has come to the conclusion that if these foods were eliminated from our diet, we would be prone to much less disease and health problems. His name is Dr. Doug Kauffman & has a website knowthecause.com. He has authored books well known both conventional and the alternative healthcare field. I recently have cut back on most breads (except yeast & gluten free one's), most dairy, mushrooms, peanut butter etc. and feel much more energetic.
There is no question that refined grains (which are often full of yeasts, molds, fungi, etc.) and refined sugars are at the heart of our dietary problems. Eliminate these items and health often improves dramatically.
I do think a near perfect diet model would be something akin to the Paleolithic hunter/gather diet of our ancestors. A diet that consisted mostly of meat and vegetation that could be picked(berries as an example). Grains were introduced much later in the human diet and are problematic for many people. I'm not a low carber by any means, it's just finding the right source because just about everything in the chain supermarkets is bad except maybe for sweet potato's and a few other low GI veggies.
You can do fine on a diet high in carbs where the bulk of those carbs come from root vegetables and tropical style fruits (the tropical fruits haven't been subject to all the genetic engineering that has occurred with many other fruits) assuming your body isn't damaged beyond repair by the consumption of a high amounts of junk carbs. The Kitavan diet is precisely that - a diet high in root vegetables, coconut, vegetables, fish, and fruit. It is easily adaptable to Lenten or Monastic use. The Kitavans have an extremely high level of health with little cardiovascular disease or other diseases of civilization. They live healthy lives right up until a few days before they die. Now that is the way to go!
"The elderly residents of Kitava generally remain quite active up until the very end, when they begin to suffer fatigue for a few days and then die from what appears to be an infection or some type of rapid degeneration. Although this is seen in western societies, it is relatively rare in elderly vital people. The quality of life among the oldest residents thus appeared to be good in the Trobriand Islands."http://www.staffanlindeberg.com/TheKitavaStudy.html
One other interesting point. While the Kitavans overall fat intake is low, 90% of the fat they consume is saturated, and about 10% higher on average than our saturated fat content in the west, even though our overall fat consumption is higher. For all the healthy low fat groups this seems to be the common denominator - low overall fat but high saturated fat, at least by western standards.
Kitava: Wrapping it Uphttp://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/08/kitava-wrapping-it-up.html
"There's a lot to be learned from the Kitava study. Kitavans eat a diet of root vegetables, coconut, fruit, vegetables and fish and have undetectable levels of cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke and overweight. Despite smoking like chimneys. 69% of their calories come from carbohydrate, 21% from fat and 10% from protein. This is essentially a carbohydrate-heavy version of what our paleolithic ancestors ate. They also get lots of sunshine and have a moderately high activity level."
The Kitava Studyhttp://www.staffanlindeberg.com/TheKitavaStudy.html
"The main results of the Kitava study, that there is no ischaemic heart disease (and no stroke, see Chapter 4.2), are unanimously confirmed by medical experts with knowledge of the Trobriand Islands or other parts of Melanesia. Likewise, Jüptner noted no cases of angina pectoris, myocardial infarction or sudden death during his 5 years as a provincial doctor on the islands at the beginning of the 1960s, when the population was roughly 12,000. (Jüptner H, unpublished data). His experience is based partly on patients that visited him due to illness, and partly from systematic health examinations given in all the different villages at three separate times. The same observation was made by Schiefenhövel, physician and human ethologist from the Max Planck Institute in Munich (Schiefenhövel W, unpublished data). He can speak the language of the Trobrianders, Kilivila, and has his own hut on Kaileuna, one of the Trobriand Islands, where he examined close to 3,000 patients during his repeated visits over the course of close to 15 years. Like Jüptner, he is very familiar with the nature of cardiovascular disease and did not see any cases of the disease."