Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a fat consisting of approximately 90% saturated fat,  predominantly medium chain triglycerides/fatty acids (MCFA’s). Of these saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is primarily 44.6% lauric acid, 16.8% myristic acid , 8.2% palmitic acid and 8% caprylic acid.

Unrefined coconut oil melts at 24-25°C and smokes at 177°C , while refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point of 232°C.

Among the most stable of all oils, coconut oil is slow to oxidize and thus resistant to rancidity, lasting up to two years due to its high saturated fat content. In order to extend shelf life, it is best stored in solid form, which is below temperatures of 24°C.

Virgin coconut oil is derived from fresh coconuts, rather than dried. When coconut meat is dried, it is called copra. All refined Coconut oil is obtained from this copra and thus not virgin.

Most oils marketed as “virgin” are produced in one of three ways:

  • Quick-drying of fresh coconut meat, which is then used to press out the oil.
  • Wet-milling (coconut milk). With this method, the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge.
  • Wet-milling (Direct Micro Expelling). In this process, fresh coconut kernel is shredded and dried to about 10% to 12% moisture. The moist shredded coconut is then pressed to expel virgin coconut oil.

Health Benefits:

  • May help to burn more fat
  • May reduce development of harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • May prolong satiety and reduce hunger cravings
  • May improve blood cholesterol levels
  • May help to protect and moisturize hair and skin
  • May help reduce the onset of dementia

How to Use:

Coconut oil is used in a variety of applications from direct to indirect methods.

It can be taken orally as a therapeutic supplement; added to foods; used as a cooking oil; applied directly to skin, hair and nails; used as a mouthwash.

Add 1-2 tbsp of virgin coconut oil daily, to any of these applications.


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