Organic Coconut Oil has been recently gaining acceptance as a healthy oil
As a butter substitute in vegan baking, a smoothie topper for natural health nuts and even a beauty treatment, and moisturizer for skin and hair.
Coconut Oil was once considered the most unhealthy Oil, so what has really changed?
The following article from HugfingtonPost summarizes the changing perception of organic coconut oil very well
According to Tom Brenna, a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. Not all coconut oils are created equal. The flakey, fragrant stuff you might find in a superfood smoothie is a very different type of coconut oil than the partially-hydrogenated fat found in junk food in the ’80s, which was a highly-processed version of the plant oil, containing trans fats and other dangerous, cholesterol-promoting compounds.
“The older refined-deodorized bleached coconut oil causes rapid and very unhealthy looking rises in cholesterol, for sure, no doubt,” Brenna said in an email to HuffPost Healthy Living. “There is no evidence that that is the case for virgin coconut oil, which is available today but was not in the 1970s and ’80s when people were using RDB coconut oil.”
Natural coconut oil is made of 90 percent saturated fat (butter, a distant second, contains a comparatively puny 64 percent saturated fat), but the kind of saturated fat matters just as much as the amount. About half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride that turns out to have a number of health-promoting properties, including the ability to improve levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
Organic coconut oil that i have liked
Over the years I have tried several brands, but the one that I have like the most is the Viva Organic Coconut Oil because it is just a very high quality product. The USP about this product is that it’s 100% organic, pure in form with great aroma. This is a USDA certified organic product, and is classified as extra-virgin coconut oil and is manufactured via cold-press method, which helps retain all the essential nutrients in the oil.
Viva Organic Coconut Oil is very rich in Medium-Chain Triglycerides (most fats in our diet are long-chain triglycerides). Unlike long-chain triglycerides, medium-chain triglycerides do not have to be broken down in the small intestine. Because they are smaller, they’re absorbed intact and delivered directly to the liver to be used for energy. Hence they help in maintaining a healthy weight, increase stamina and promote healthy metabolism of nutrients.
If you plan to use it for just skin or hair like me, then a single product can last over a year. The good thing is that coconut oil has a long shelf-life, as they contain high-saturated fat. Hence they can last up-to two years without going rancid.
Some of the great uses of organic coconut oil, that I have discovered
- Organic moisturizer – You can use it as a moisturizer to tackle dry skin. With my perpetual dry elbows, feet and cuticles, regular use has shown great results.
- Makeup Remover – It works as a cheap and easy makeup remover, use a cotton swab dabbed in a little bit of coconut oil. You will be surprised how well it works, especially to get rid of waterproof mascara.
- Natural Chapstick – Just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection.
- After Shave – Coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn.
- Deep conditioner (pre shampoo treatment) – Apply warm oil by massaging gently to soothe dry hair on a weekly basis. To get best results apply a day prior and shampoo the next day. Coconut oil head massage is an age old Indian home remedy for stress relief, improving hair gloss, strengthening hair roots, adding hydration and preventing premature greying and dandruff.
- Control split-ends or fizz – Dab a little bit of warm coconut oil in your palms and gently massage your hair to reduce frizzy hair or split-ends.
- I have used it to tackle my toddlers’ diaper rash, apply the oil to the affected area and allow it to dry before replacing the diaper. This worked wonders in healing my baby’s delicate skin, I would recommend testing on a small area of your baby’s skin before a full-fledged application.
- As an alternative for vegetable oil for cooking. Coconut oil is used as the primary cooking oil in several parts of the world, including Hawaii and Southern India. However it is advised not to consume high amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat.
- This can be a great tropical massage oil.
- Works as a great non-allergic personal lubricant
- Can be also used to temporarily lubricate moving parts in household goods. Coconut oil tends to dry out in a few days.