Coconut oil as the new healthy oil? I thought it was full of bad saturated fats. How can it be healthy for me? After all, this is the same oil they use in chocolate candy that makes them so delicious, yet so high in saturated fats. The experts say that saturated fats are bad for me. Now coconut oil is good for me?
For years we have been taught that coconut oil is bad for us. Millions of islanders worldwide have enjoyed coconuts for athousands of years without becoming obese or unhealthy. So, what’s up? The answer is quite simple. Islanders use fresh coconuts to eat and to produce coconut oils, while most of the oils we use are manufactured from less than fresh coconuts.
According to bestcocooil.com manufacturers of coconut oil produce two different kinds types of coconut oil using old or fresh coconuts: highly processed oils and virgin coconut oil. The highly processed oils end up containing high amounts of bad saturated fats, while coconut oil is all natural, has no additives and has healthy benefits to our bodies.
How commercial grade coconut oil is produced
This method of extracting coconut oil involves using copra (the dried meat of the coconut). The copra is dried by using kilns, air drying, or smoke drying. Because the oil produced from this method of oil extraction is considered unsuitable for human consumption caused by the unsanitary methods of drying, resulting in rancid oils, the oil goes through a process known as RBD – refining, bleaching, and deodorization. Sodium hydroxide is then used to remove free fatty acids and prolong shelf life. Some people cook and consume this grade of the coconut oil.
How coconut oil is produced
There are two different methods of producing coconut oil. The first is to quickly dry the coconut meat, then press out the oil. The second, more traditional approach is to use fresh coconut meat, pressing out the coconut milk. The coconut milk then separates into layers naturally, with the water on the lower level, plain coconut oil on the second tier and coconut solids on the top level. The coconut oil is then extracted and filtered. There are no chemicals added, no bleaching, no deodorizing or other refinements. The result is pure coconut oil with a natural shelf life of about two years and a melting point of 76 degrees.
Benefits of coconut oil
I was a little skeptical at first. There always seems to be a new miracle product on the market. This product has been around for many years, and I can now attest to a health benefits of virgin coconut oil. After one month of using two teaspoons of Best Coco Oil daily my good cholesterol increased about 20%, my bad cholesterol decreased by 10%, my triglycerides decreased by 15%, my skin stopped peeling around the nose and ears, and I dropped 10 lbs. Not everyone experiences the dramatic changes I did, but every comment I have heard from others has been positive. With the benefits I have experienced, you can be sure that the new oil in my household is a coconut oil.
You can get pure coconut oil at most health food stores. Or check out my website for a link to where I buy my pure coconut oil and other vitamins and supplements, often at a discount.