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Why Coconut Oil Is The Best Vegetable Oil

Why Coconut Oil Is The Best Vegetable Oil

by Elaine Rosales, Contributor to Holistic Nutrition on AllThingsHealing.com

A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: Coconut oil is so versatile and good for you. It’s great for the kitchen and has many personal healthcare uses, such as moisturizing dry, winter skin. It’s the go to oil our home!

 

Many people think that cooking oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola are good for their health just because they’re made from vegetables or plants. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, these oils are probably the worst oils you can use for cooking.

One reason is that they are loaded with omega-6 fats or polyunsaturated fats. What’s more, when these oils are heated, their antioxidants become damaged and oxidized, adding more toxic burden to your body.

Instead of these unhealthy cooking oils, opt for a wiser and safer choice like virgin coconut oil.

Virgin Coconut Oil Offers Better Benefits Than Other Cooking Oils

Virgin coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts. For many years, it was vilified and accused of causing heart disease and other health problems. But now, many health experts are recommending this oil, claiming it to be one of the most healthful found on Earth.

Virgin coconut oil is highly recommended for cooking because it is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage. It is even better than extra-virgin olive oil, which is great when used as a salad dressing or mixed in cold dips but can be a problem when heated. This is because olive oil’s chemical structure also makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are smaller and more easily digested by your body, so they do not get stored as fat.

Meanwhile, vegetable cooking oils contain long-chain fatty acids or long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are larger and are difficult to break down, adding to your body’s toxic burden.

Almost 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is also made of lauric acid, a compound with unique health promoting properties. Lauric acid is converted in your body to monolaurin, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal properties.

So, the next time you’re planning to use vegetable oil for your meals, reach for virgin coconut oil instead. Not only is it better, nutritionally-speaking, but it also boasts a richer, sweeter flavor that will certainly complement any dish.

Choosing a High-Quality Virgin Coconut Oil

However, not all coconut oil brands sold today are created equal. Some commercial coconut oils are made from the dried-up meat called copra, which is cheaper, production-wise. However, this copra-grade coconut oil may not be sanitary and may not be fit for human consumption.

What’s more, these inferior, mass-produced coconut oil brands are refined, bleached, and deodorized. The process they undergo removes the beneficial nutrients in the oil, and also adds in unhealthy bleaching agents and chemical solvents.

Therefore, make sure you know where the coconut oil you buy comes from and how it is processed. The best coconut oils are made from fresh coconuts and are cold-processed. This process leaves the oil’s nutrients intact while leaving out harmful additives and solvents.

Other Must-Try Coconut Products

The coconut is called “the tree of life” because every part of it can be used. The coconut fruit itself gives you not only coconut oil, but also a wide array of healthy products, such as:

* Coconut water – Also called coconut juice, this sweet fluid is known for its high electrolyte content. It also contains a wide array of beneficial minerals, making it a perfect alternative to sports drinks.
* Coconut meat – This is the solid but sometimes jelly-like part of the coconut. It is sweet and filled with beneficial nutrients. Coconut meat is used in various recipes, especially for pastries and desserts. However, it can also be eaten on its own.
* Coconut milk – Coconut milk, also called coconut cream, is made when shredded coconut milk is simmered with water and then strained through cheesecloth. The fluid is then squeezed out of the pulp, resulting in a creamy liquid. It is a popular ingredient of many Asian dishes, such as curries and soups.

Virgin coconut oil and the other coconut products mentioned above should be part of your holistic diet. Try them today and enjoy their many unique benefits.

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7:13AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

I found this interesting and informative

3:42AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Asian people use coconut oil in their food diet

11:59AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Love love love coconut in all its forms! What would I want if I was stranded on a desert island? Coconuts of course!

1:42AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you :)

3:37PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

I bought some a while ago to make my own rice milk but haven't got around to using it yet. It was very expensive for a small jar at the health food shop but have heard where I can buy it cheaper. So will have to get using it.

11:27PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Great article, but I wonder what your thoughts are on Camelina Oil. A straight comparison to Coconut oil shows that it has a much higher smoke point (475 degrees vs. coconut's 350), way more Vitamin E ( a natural antioxidant) - 101% RDA vs trace for coconut, and 35% healthy omega 3's vs. coconut's 0%.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this oil. My research shows it stacks up as the clear winner to all oils, including coconut, grapeseed, flax and olive. Thoughts?

10:11PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thanks!

2:31AM PDT on May 10, 2013

coconut oil is good. It has many health advantages compared to other oils, It acts as anti - oxidant. So i prefer using coconut oil.

7:39PM PDT on May 9, 2013

cool

5:56PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Never used it, will have to try it sometime, thanks

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