why everyone should have coconut oil in the cupboard

There seems to be a lot of hype lately about coconut oil but do you really know all the things you can do with it? Here is my personal take on the why everyone should have coconut oil in the cupboard.

What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) which, as a saturated fat means it is solid at room temperature. (You know it’s going to be a warm day when you are adding liquid coconut oil to your breakfast.)

Why is this important?

This is important because it provides us with a high-temperature cooking oil that will not go rancid. When you cook with an oil that is unsaturated (olive oil, vegetable oil), the bonds between the fat structures break apart and actually create free radicals in the body. These free radicals are one of the theories on the creation of cancer in the body. The bonds in coconut oil are much stronger and can withstand higher temperatures. This still isn’t to say that cooking anything at very high temperatures is a good idea but at least if you are using the proper oil you are being a little safer.

Other than being good for cooking, coconut oil is FANTASTIC to eat on its own.

FACT: Coconut oil contains caprylic acid.

coconut oilCaprylic acid is good for fighting bacterial and fungal infections which is good buffer against candida albacans in the gut or any immune compromising infection. You can spread coconut oil over toast, blend it in your morning smoothie or cook your morning breakfast with it.

FACT: Coconut oil can be used topically.

Instead of cosmetics that contain endless ingredients, you can moisturize your skin, lips and hair with coconut oil. For dry brittle hair you can use it as a conditioning treatment or you can create a skin treatment with coconut sugar for a body scrub – see Carla’s Coconut Sugar Body Scrub Recipe to learn how to do this.

FACT: Coconut oil is a great weight loss tool.

Coconut oil contains CLA which is a fatty acid that has been shown to decrease tummy fat. It can also reduce appetite and make you feel fuller for longer. Along with diet and exercise this is a great addition to any diet plan.

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So now you know what it does, which one is the best to buy?
The best ones are unrefined, extra virgin coconut oils. Some are better quality than others and you will be able to tell because of the taste. You can also buy certain ones that do not have a coconut taste, which if you are using it for cooking, are sometimes easier to work with.

Well there you have it- Why buy coconut oil? If you are looking for better skin or hair, if you are hoping to reduce appetite and shed some pounds, and if you just like the taste of coconut to name a few reasons.

How do you get it?  Come out to Naturmend and purchase this great product, paving your way to better health. Make sure you ask one of our front desk staff for additional recipes too!

Happy Healing,

Madison Isenor C.H.N, Iridologist

MadisonI am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHN™ and have a transcript in Iridology from the Canadian Institute of Iridology. I achieved my diploma with honors in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. My vast knowledge of supplementation has been acquired from working in naturopathic clinics, health food stores and ongoing education through webinars, books and podcasts. It is important to me to have up to date information on the newest nutritional research and popular diets. I have also completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Brazil in 2013 with Define Yoga.


2 Responses to “why everyone should have coconut oil in the cupboard”

  1. Greetings Dear Madison!

    I greatly enjoy coconut oil and now would like to get it by the tub! I was surprised to just read that there is no such thing as “extra virgin” in coconut oil. Would you be willing to give more information that distinguishes between virgin and extra virgin coconut oil?

    In Gratitude!

    • Madison Isenor

      Hi Chef Jermichel! Thank you for your question. I wanted an exact answer for you so I asked our expert from Calnan’s Organics and Naturals. Here is what he said:

      “Refined: this can also be called RBD refined bleached deodorised.
      It will have no smell and goes off faster than virgin oil. It goes yellow when it goes off.
      It is refined by either high heat or chemicals so that they can get more oil from the coconut meat.
      Personally I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole due to the possible chemical exposure and low quality. It’s better than no coconut oil in your diet but I don’t feel by much.

      As for virgin and extra virgin they are the same thing. Unlike olive oil there is no standard set for virgin and extra virgin coconut oil. In fact it is against CFIA labelling regulations ‎in Canada to label coconut oil as extra virgin but brands from America don’t have the same rules so they label extra virgin to try and make their oil look better even though it is no different.

      Virgin basically means the mature coconut meat is pressed the first time and the oil taken from that first press is the virgin oil.

      There are a number of ways to press the oil and process it also. Cold pressed processes are the best.
      Personally I feel centrifuged is the best larger scale process which we use as it uses the least heat and processing to separate the oil and the milk
      This oil is clear like water when melted and has a really nice coconut smell and flavour.

      Then ‎there is fermented no heat raw oil which I feel is the best oil available but the shelf life is short as it has a high moisture content and it has a very sour taste and strong smell ‎so most people couldn’t stomach eating it.

      Then there are things like expeller pressed which basically ‎is a mechanical corkscrew that can produce large amounts of oil mainly used in large oil mills. I feel that this produces a lot of heat and isn’t the best but a lot of coconut oil is made this way.
      There is micro expeller pressed which is hand pressed oil where one coconut at a time is pressed.
      The list goes on and on.

      ‎So I could go on and on about the subject but that is a very short glance over the subject.
      Hopefully that helps

      Thanks

      Simon Calnan”

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

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