How To Get All Of The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Just like olive oil comes in all shapes and sizes, so too does coconut oil. The quality of the product that you choose has a lot to do with the health benefits of coconut oil. The way it’s processed has a lot to do with the final product, and just like olive oil, paying a few extra dollars is well worth it.

5 Tips for Getting All the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. Unrefined versus refined

Refined coconut oil is usually tasteless and odorless. It’s good when you don’t want the flavor of coconut to dominate the food that you’re preparing–for example, if you’re preparing a pie crust or french fries. While you’re definitely not getting as many health benefits of coconut oil, it’s still a good source of medium chain fatty acids. Unrefined coconut oil comes from fresh coconut, while refined oils are often sourced from the dried copra (dried meat of the coconut). To find unrefined coconut oil, look for the words unrefined or virgin on the label.

2. Chemical processing

Refined coconut oil typically goes through chemical processing, which can include deodorization or bleaching. Additionally, some coconut oil goes through a process of hydrogenation, or adding hydrogen to make the oil less likely to spoil. This makes it a trans fat, which by most doctors standards is considered the worst type of oil. Trans fats increase your cholesterol, and as a result, your risk of heart disease.

3. Expeller versus cold pressed

Expeller processing extracts oil from the coconut using heat while cold pressed expels oil from the coconut, but in a more temperature controlled  environment. With cold pressed oils, the temperature doesn’t go above 120 degrees F. This means that the oil doesn’t lose many of the health benefits of coconut oil as it would if heat were added.

4. Organic

Organic coconut oil means that coconuts were grown in accordance with the National Organic Program standards and without the use of synthetic chemicals.

5. Fair Trade Certified

While not a health benefit, Fair Trade certification,  guarantees human rights during all stages of production along with good and fair working conditions and fair shares for small farmers.

By: Sara Novak
Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

2014-05-21T11:29:28+00:00

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    A: Coconut Oil has tremendous health benefits. You should absolutely include it as part of your diet regimen.

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    Q: I read that you do not recommend coconut oil, because of its thickness. Do you believe that coconut butter is healthy for human consumption? Thank you all the knowledge you generously share.

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    Actually, coconut oil is healthier for human consumption than coconut butter. Both are derived from a natural food source - the coconut, and thus may be consumed. Now as far as what the most healthiest oil, I don't think we can say it's coconut oil.

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

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    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

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    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

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