Coconut oil's reputation suffered a great deal in the 80's and 90's due to its high saturated fatty acid content and the then widely promoted but misguided belief saturated fatty acids were bad for health.
Today, leading scientists, nutritionists and doctors all agree that saturated fatty acids are needed for optimal health and by eating coconut oil, you can significantly help your health in many ways.
There are many myths written and claims made about Coconut Oil. The following are the hard facts for you to make your own mind up.
Coconut oil may speed up your metabolism and increase your energy levels.
It’s true that about 92 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated. What many doctors overlooked for years is that over two-thirds of these saturated fatty acids are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA).
MCFAs are different from other varieties of saturated fatty acids in that as soon as they enter your bloodstream, they are taken to your liver where they are converted to energy. While other dietary fats and even excess carbohydrates can be stored as fat in your cells, the MCFAs found in coconut oil provide an almost immediate source of energy and may actually speed up your metabolism.
Because of its potential ability to speed up metabolism, coconut oil is a good food choice for people with sluggish thyroid glands, as well as for people who find it difficult to shed unwanted weight.
Coconut oil may soothe digestive problems.
Many people who have suffered with inflammatory conditions of the intestines, like Crohn's disease, have successfully used coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Coconut oil's ability to help improve the balance of microorganisms in the intestines is another reason why people who suffer with digestive disorders benefit from using it on a regular basis.
Coconut oil is an effective, all-natural moisturizer for your skin.
In addition to its potential healing properties for your internal health, coconut oil is an exceptional skin moisturizer. It doesn’t contain any of the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in many commercial moisturizers. Also, coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin, where it can help to prevent free radical damage, wrinkling, and sagging. It may even be able to restore strength to your underlying connective tissue.
Below is a summary of what coconut oil may do for your health:
- Improve your energy
- Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
- Reduce your risk of developing cancer
- Improve your ability to digest foods and absorb nutrients
- Promote weight loss and maintenance of your ideal weight
- Help prevent bacterial, yeast, fungal, and viral infections
- Support and enhance your immune system
- Help regulate your blood sugar and prevent or control diabetes
- Help prevent osteoporosis
- Help prevent premature ageing and wrinkling of your skin
- Help keep your skin smooth and soft
- Help protect you against skin cancer and blemishes
Coconut oil does NOT do any of the following:
Does NOT contribute to heart disease
Does NOT contribute to a tendency to gain weight
Does NOT increase blood cholesterol
Does NOT promote platelet stickiness or blood clot formation
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Why does our premium coconut oil Tagaloa differ from other coconut oils?
Our premium coconut oil is produced by applying a unique method of centrifuge-based extraction to fresh coconut milk; this method produces a "pharmaceutical" grade oil that doesn't require any application of heat or further processing, since its moisture content is so low. The end result is a truly unique coconut oil that is subtle in taste and aroma.
The method used to create our premium coconut oil is considered to be one of three production methods that produce "cold pressed" coconut oil.
To make our premium virgin coconut oil, fresh coconut meat is grated and expeller pressed to produce fresh coconut milk, which is then centrifuged using a proprietary process to separate coconut oil from the other components of coconut milk. The resulting oil is extremely light in texture, and because there is never any application of heat, our premium virgin coconut oil retains a full but mild flavour and aroma of fresh coconut.
The other two production methods are:
1. Direct Expeller - This type of oil is made by grinding and then pressing dried coconut meat. Because there is some moisture in the dried coconut meat, the liquid that comes out from pressing is about 90% coconut oil and 10% water - this mixture is allowed to sit so that the coconut oil will separate from the water. Typically, some heat is applied to remove remaining water, and the result is an oil that has a light to medium texture.
2. Traditional Hand-Pressed (Homemade) - This type of oil is produced by grinding and pressing fresh coconut meat to produce coconut milk. The milk is allowed to ferment for about 2 days, causing the oil to separate from the water and solids. The oil is then typically boiled to remove remaining moisture, resulting in coconut oil that is medium to thick in texture.
Some brands of coconut oil are refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD). RBD oil is produced from dried coconut meat (copra). The drying process is what necessitates drying, bleaching, and deodorizing, as it's not suitable for eating without these processes. RBD oil has a yellow tinge, thick texture, and very little flavour and aroma - it's the type of oil that was used for many years for popping corn and making commercially baked goods.
Despite being exposed to bleach, high temperatures, and chemical solvents, RBD oil is still called "natural" by the food industry in Western countries - here, "natural" simply means that it has not been hydrogenated, and that it melts at around 76° F.
Why do people say that coconut oil is by far the best oil with which to cook?
The high percentage of saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil makes it extremely stable when exposed to heat. Unlike almost all other vegetable oils, coconut oil contains virtually no trans fats, and is highly resistant to free radical formation when used for cooking at any temperature. No other oil comes close to being as safe and healthy for cooking as coconut oil.
How many calories and grams of fat are there in a tablespoon of coconut oil?
One tablespoon of coconut oil contains approximately 112.5 calories and 13.05 grams of healthy fat. As mentioned above, the fat in coconut oil is mainly composed of medium chain saturated fatty acids, which are efficiently converted to energy. There are virtually no carbohydrates or protein in coconut oil.
Will eating coconut oil raise my cholesterol?
No. eating coconut oil won't appreciably raise or lower your blood cholesterol; it is essentially "cholesterol neutral."
Does coconut oil need to be refrigerated?
No, our coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated. It can be left out at room temperature. At 76° F and above, coconut oil is liquid, and below this temperature, it is solid.
What is the shelf life of coconut oil?
The shelf life of our premium coconut oil Tagaloa is at least 3 years.
Why does Tagaloa taste so great, when other brands don’t?
You are absolutely right, not all brands of coconut oil are equal in quality and taste. Our premium virgin coconut oil is produced with the least amount of processing possible, which translates to optimal retention of fresh coconut flavour, naturally occurring vitamin E, healthy saturated fatty acids and other health-promoting nutrients. As for the actual flavour that’s all down to the quality of our single origin farm coconuts who we have found to produce the best “meat” with the best flavour and texture, aroma.
Aside from cooking in what other ways can you use coconut oil?
Beyond using our premium virgin coconut oil as a cooking oil , another favourite is to use the coconut oil in smoothies. Just add a tablespoon. Also because our coconut oil is so light, delicate, and delicious in flavour, you can eat a few tablespoons right out of the jar for a quick boost of energy before a workout.