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The Amazing Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

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Coconut Trivia:

  • Spanish explorers called it coco, which means monkey face. They thought that the three indentations on the hairy nut looked like the head and face of a monkey. They called it Cocoa, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.
  • When cocoa came to England, they added nut to it and that is how the name came about.
  • The natives of Hawaii anointed Captain Cook with coconut oil during their Makahiki festival in 1778. This was an offering to the gods and was a time of spiritual cleansing.
  • Captain Cook and his sailors were struck by the health and beauty of the people on Polynesian islands.
  • The Philippines is the top Coconut producing country

Interesting fact:

Unsaturated oils in cooked foods become rancid within a few hours, even in the refrigerator. Once fresh unsaturated fats are inside the body, they oxidize (turn rancid). Coconut oil does not go rancid even after one year at room temperature. Most of the saturated fat in coconut oil is easy to digest and converted into quick energy so people are less likely to become obese as the fat is not stored.

Coconut Oil Nutrition:

  • Is nature’s richest source of lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.
  • Has a small amount of vitamins and minerals.
  • Choline is one of the most abundant nutrients (0.3 mg per 100 g of oil).
  • Vitamin E (0.9 mg per 100 g of oil) and vitamin K (0.5 mcg per 100 g of oil). Both vitamins are important for cardiovascular health.
  • Contains a small amount of iron (0.04 mg per 100 g of oil).

How is Virgin Coconut Oil made?

Fresh coconut flesh is used also called non-copra.

Chemicals and high heat are not used.

There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:

1. Quick drying of fresh coconut flesh. Low heat is used to quick dry the coconut; the oil is then pressed out with mechanical means.

2. Wet-milling. The oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. Coconut milk is made by pressing. Then the oil is separated from the water. The methods used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes, and mechanical centrifuge.

Next page: How to use coconut oil and delicious recipes

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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5:23PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

8:22AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Thanks! I love coconut oil. I use it as a hair conditioning treatment before I wash my hair and apply it as a skin moisturiser all over my body after a shower. Great stuff! It makes my skin and hair so soft.

12:19PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

I use extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings but never in cooking, it gives a weird taste.
Pure unrefined extra virgin coconut oil is special for cooking but I use moderate amounts.
These two oils are just special

5:55PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

More things to try - thank you for the recipes and ideas!

3:38AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

And it is very good for repairing the damaged hair as it penetrates to the cortex cell of the hair's shaft

11:57AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Oh yes, it is definitely the best makeup remover I've come across! And the least expensive! Also the very best thing for dry Canadian winter skin - inside and out!

6:34PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

is it bad that the image makes me want a Bounty Bar.. :)

6:26AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

I use coconut oil in my diet and my beauty routine too
http://www.squidoo.com/beauty-benefits-of-conconut-oil-hair-skin-lips-body-hair-growth

7:23AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Thanks

2:46AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thank you :)

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