Coconut oil is a must to all people looking to enhance their beauty and health using an organic and natural product. Coconut oil is considered as a new super-food. Its popularity is on the rise. Research after research prove its efficacy to manage beauty problems, prevent and treat certain health diseases. In this post, you will discover the answer for the most asked questions about coconut oil.
What you will learn:
1. What Type of Coconut Oil is Best?
2. Is the fat in Coconut oil unhealthy?
3. What are the Coconut oil nutrition facts?
What Type of Coconut Oil is Best?
There is actually a big debate going on about the best type of coconut oil. There are in general two types of coconut oil depending on the way it was made. Here is a brief description of each type :
Refined Coconut oil
Almost all the coconut oils available in the market are refined unless they specify the opposite on their label. The refined coconut oil is tasteless and odorless. Since it was refined.
This type is excellent for cooking and as a great source of healthy fatty acids, but you have to bear in mind that not all the refined coconut oils are the same, Most are refined using a chemical distillation process and many others are even completely or partially hydrogenated (which have to be avoided by all means). In the other hand, there is good quality non-hydrogenated and refined coconut oil using natural methods (the process involves steam in most of the cases).
Unrefined Coconut oil
In general, unrefined coconut oil is made from the first pressing of fresh and raw coconut with no addition of any chemicals. Also called “virgin” or “extra-virgin”, which usually means that it was not bleached or deodorized.
The flavor can change depending on the amount of heat the oil was exposed to. The more heat used through the process of extraction, the more strong the oil tastes. I personally prefer the cold pressed, it tastes mild and less toasted.
Is the fat in Coconut oil unhealthy?
Let’s be clear, the myth which says that Coconut oil is bad because of its big amount of saturated fat is a mere HOAX. Because the whole idea that saturated fat is bad makes no sense, since there is no clear evidence about the relationship between saturated fat and heart disease. In deep, our elders used many saturated fatty acids among them coconut oil, and they were less affected by these kind of disease. In fact there is a growing evidence proving the quite opposite. Saturated fat consumption prevent heart disease. That’s being said, a question has to be answered, why the world and especially the US government is promoting this false idea?
The answer is because they want to promote some genetically modified products (corn and soybean oil) which make more profit. Therefor, to succeed in this, they refer back to outdated information about the claimed unfavorable effects of coconut oil. Furthermore, those information were extracted a decades-old from researches done on the hydrogenated coconut oil, which we suggested before to absolutely avoid.
What are the Coconut oil nutrition facts?
As we mentioned before, coconut oil is high in saturated fat – more so than butter. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories of solid fat, 13.6g exactly (11.8g saturated, 0.8 monounsaturated and 0.2 polyunsaturated fat).
Coconut oil does not contain protein nor carbohydrates. In the other hand, it contains traces amount of iron and some vitamins such as : E and K. In addition, coconut oil and specifically the virgin one, has antioxidant properties, because of a plant nutrient called phenolic.
What about you? Tell us how do you use coconut oil. Share bellow on the comment section what you know and what you want to know. I bet you will have something to say.