Virgin coconut oil is very popular nowadays. A lot of interested people will surely have a lot of questions. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about virgin coconut oil and the answers.
Is virgin coconut oil safe?
Virgin Coconut oil is not a medicine but a food. It doesn’t have any side effect. But individuals differ and some may experience unfavorable reactions. The most common is loose bowel movement or diarrhea. This is because the lauric acid component of coconut oil which is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-protozoal works to eliminate the bad bacteria from your system.
To prevent this, it is suggested not to start with the recommended daily intake of 3-4 tbsp. Break it into smaller doses over the course of the day. You may also choose to reduce your intake. Some people may be allergic to it, though this is very unlikely.
Why does virgin coconut oil cost so much?
Virgin coconut oil is expensive because its production is laborious and exhaustive. It is necessary to be meticulous to ensure the best quality. Only healthy coconuts are used and the unhealthy ones are removed. After harvesting, the meat is processed as soon as possible to prevent spoilage. Since they are made with fresh coconuts, it doesn’t require further refining. Its natural antioxidant properties make it very stable oils.
How is it different from coconut oil?
In purchasing virgin coconut oil, you may come across a brand that is not labeled as virgin. This type of coconut oil is known as the RBD coconut oil and in some ways different from virgin coconut oil. The RBD tag means that that it has undergone refining, bleaching and deodorizing. The oil is extracted from copra not coconut. Unlike virgin coconut oil which retains the distinct taste and aroma of fresh coconuts, coconut oil is tasteless and odourless. Its color is yellowish, has a thick texture, and melts at around 76° F. It retains the Medium Chain Fatty Acid component of the fresh coconut though it may contain some residues. Some RBD oils are hydrogenated, meaning it is artificially pressed into the molecules to create oil with a higher melting point. The trans fatty acids which are present in hydrogenated oils are highly toxic.
Coconut oil is previously perceived as unhealthy. Why is it suddenly recommended for use today?
The perception that coconut oil is bad for the health has been has been proven wrong by various scientific studies done by scientists and experts. Old research that says coconut oil is bad sees it as full of saturated fats which raise cholesterol levels. But a lot of these studies were done on hydrogenated oil and fail to see that coconut oil comes from a plant source and is therefore not the same from those found in animal sources. Recent findings show that coconut oil is high in lauric acid (also present in human breast milk) which is very beneficial in attacking viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Its antimicrobial properties can be used to fight various diseases which include even the fatal HIV that causes Aids.