The coconut has a long and respected history in many cultures around the world. In lands where the coconut tree grows, the coconut is a staple in the diet and is the most common food eaten. The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for many generations. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy.
Look for coconut oil in your local health food stores and on the internet...
...You will find many natural products made with this healthy oil in them. Anything from soap to natural skin care products. While used in body care products for many years, this miracle oil is now becoming a popular oil for cooking and nutrition.
Today, the medical field is discovering its special qualities. It even holds a highly respected position in the Ayurvedic medicine of India. Only recently has modern medical research confirmed the many health benefits traditionally attributed to this remarkable oil.
At one time, not too long ago, it was mistaken as a bad saturated fat.
Coconut oil is now known to contain a unique form of saturated fat. The saturated fat in coconut is not the type of fat found in meat or other vegetable fats. It is identical to a special group of fats found in human breast milk which have been shown to improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. These fats are now routinely used in hospital IV formulations and commercial baby formulas. They’re also used in sports drinks to boost energy and enhance athletic performance.
Any wholesome, natural food is nutritious. Here's some of the wonderful benefits of this healthy oil:
- Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses
- Reduces risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions
- Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Supports immune system function
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Helps control diabetes
- Promotes weight loss
- Supports healthy metabolic function
- Provides an immediate source of energy
- Supplies fewer calories than other fats
- Supplies important nutrients necessary for good health
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Is highly resistant to spoilage,(long shelf life)
- Is heat resistant, (the healthiest oil for cooking)
- Completely non-toxic to humans
Skin care benefits:
- Helps keep skin soft and smooth
- Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
- Helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes
- Helps with fungal infections like athlete's foot
- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin
- Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion
I have been using this delicious tropical oil for many years. I love its non-greasy feel and skin-softening qualities. An excellent fat for high heat cooking. It's clear, light-tasting, and doesn't smoke like other oils. Use it for stir frying, popcorn, fried potatoes, (they're much healthier). Oh, and frying chicken and fish! Delicious in smoothies, too. It's a light oil and nothing tastes greasy. It's my favorite oil for sure!
There are different types of coconut oil according to the way it is processed. Each has its own unique taste.
The virgin oil tastes a bit like coconut and is the least processed. Some virgin oils are made by "pressing" the oil out of copra, (the dried coconut meat), and some are made by pressing the oil out of the "fresh" coconut meat. I like using this yummy oil in cooking if I want a coconut flavor in the recipe and I also like using it as a medicine, ( I take a tablespoon or two at a time by mouth ), and I use it in my skin care recipes or just put it on plain. My skin "loves" it!
The refined coconut oil is also deoderized and sometimes bleached, (RBD), but it's great for cooking since it has no taste to alter the flavor of foods. I also buy it by the gallon for my soapmaking. If I am making a special soap, then I will use the "virgin", but it's a lot more expensive than the refined oil.
Both types are solid white under 76 degrees F. In temperatures above that, they are liquid and look like water. The oils vary in color from slightly yellow to pure white. I have found the higher quality oils to be "snow white" in color.
Coconut oil has been called the "healthiest dietary oil on earth." - Dr. Bruce Fife - N.D. If you are not using it for your daily cooking and body care needs, you are missing out on one of nature’s most amazing medicinal foods!
You can learn more about this wonderfully healthy oil and purchase it at my favorite websites below:
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