Oil pulling – is it the newest snake oil?

Did he practice oil pulling? Bob Ramsak/Piran Cafe photo

Did he practice oil pulling?
Bob Ramsak/Piran Cafe photo

OK- I must really be out of touch. I had never heard of oil pulling – an ancient practice where you swish oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes.

It is supposed to not only give you whiter teeth and better oral health but also help you to detoxify – leading to better looking skin and more energy.

Yeah, sure.

If this doesn’t fall into the Give Me a Break category, I don’t know what does.

And big surprise – guess what kind of oil is at the top of the recommended list: coconut oil.

I first read an almost harrowing account of one person’s experience and then decided to google “Oil pulling”. There were over two million hits. Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow is behind the latest resurgence.

Before you even consider this, check out these stories.

A Tragic, Real-Life Tale of Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling from Snopes.com


Have you ever tried oil pulling? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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4 Comments on “Oil pulling – is it the newest snake oil?”

  1. April 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I’ve been hearing about this recently.. it seems ridiculous.

    • April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      It really does sound ridiculous, doesn’t it – especially when you read the blow by blow accounts of how people have felt doing this. Just say the word “detoxification” and people scramble to try it!

  2. helensamia
    April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    What ever next!!….

  3. April 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Stay tuned, Helen! It will likely be something even more ridiculous.

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