Virgin Coconut Oil

Unrefined coconut oil has been pressed at a low heat and then filtered. The low heat allows it to maintain its biologically active antioxidants and phenol compounds. Most coconut oil that is simply called refined, virgin or organic has been filtered, bleached and sometimes deodorized. Unrefined coconut oil typically has a stronger coconut flavor and may be a slightly beige color since it is not bleached. Organic coconut oil comes from coconut farms that are not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
 
Coconut oil can tolerate a higher heat than many other oils. It has a smoke point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, while extra virgin olive oil has a smoke point of only 320 degrees. This makes coconut oil great for sauteing or using in place of shortening or butter in baked goods and confections.
 
Even though coconut oil is high in fat and saturated fat, it may have a positive impact on heart health. In a study published in the "Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition," coconut oil was linked to an increase in HDL, or high density lipoprotein, in women. High HDL levels lower risk of heart attack. Compared to cultures consuming safflower oil and butter as dietary fat, those consuming coconut oil have lower total cholesterol numbers
 
Used in moderation, coconut oil can help to reduce body fat due to the amount of medium-chain fatty acids it contains. The metabolism of long-chain and medium-chain fatty acids differ greatly. Long-chain fatty acids found in meat, eggs, poultry, and fish are stored in fat cells in the body, while medium-chain fatty acids are oxidized to be used as energy and are not stored in the body
 
Coconut oil comes from the nut (fruit) of the coconut palm. The oil of the nut is used to make medicine. Some coconut oil products are referred to as "virgin" coconut oil. Unlike olive oil, there is no industry standard for the meaning of "virgin" coconut oil. The term has come to mean that the oil is generally unprocessed. For example, virgin coconut oil usually has not been bleached, deodorized, or refined.
 
Some coconut oil products claim to be "cold pressed" coconut oil. This generally means that a mechanical method of pressing out the oil is used, but without the use of any outside heat source. The high pressure needed to press out the oil generates some heat naturally, but the temperature is controlled so that temperatures do not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
People use coconut oil by mouth for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer's disease, quality of life in people with breast cancer, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system. Despite coconut oil's high calorie and saturated fat content, some people use it by mouth to lose weight and lower cholesterol.
 
Coconut oil is sometimes applied to the skin as a moisturizer, for neonatal health, and to treat eczema and a skin condition called psoriasis. Coconut oil is also used in hair products to prevent hair damage.
 
How does it work?
Coconut oil is high in a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides. These fats work differently than other types of saturated fat in the body. However, research on the effects of these types of fats in the body is very preliminary.
 
When applied to the skin, coconut oil has a moisturizing effect.
 

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