Truth and myths about coconut oil. How to choose and apply
If you are going to the store for groceries, you are probably asking the question: "Which oil is better to choose?" Olive? Coconut? Almond? Sesame? Flaxseed? ... and the list goes on.
The problem is that even after choosing an oil from a specific type of product, it is difficult to determine its quality and benefits. Indeed, on the shelves of the supermarket there are a lot of options and each product, according to the manufacturer, is "quality".
Therefore, in order to save time and money, you need to know a few nuances. Today we'll take a look at the popular coconut oil. I will tell you how to choose the right and where can you use coconut oil?
Possessing bactericidal properties, coconut does not rot at any humidity, retaining its firmness and elasticity for decades
Types of coconut oil
The main difference in types is the raw material from which the oil was made. For example, oil can be made from dry coconut pulp (copra) or fresh nut pulp. Cleaning methods also play an important role.
Let's take a closer look at the types of coconut oil:
Virgin and extra – virgin
Virgin and extra – virgin are roughly one species. What they “write” about the difference is most likely a marketing ploy. In fact, this view is the best. Since it is made directly from fresh coconut pulp and at low temperatures. Adherence to low temperatures allows you to maximize the beneficial properties of the product.
Also, with this type, the oil does not go through the purification stage, retaining all vitamins and minerals and saturated fatty acids (lauric acid 45-52%, myristic acid 13-20%, palmitic acid, caprylic acid, oleic acid, capric acid and others).
Unrefined coconut oil is certified edible with no added preservatives or flavors
Cold pressed coconut oil
This type of oil involves the use of copra or fresh pulp. The peculiarity in the name "cold pressing", namely, the oil is pressed at low temperatures, not exceeding 40 ° C.
Refined coconut oil
This type can also be denoted by the abbreviation rbd (cleaned, bleached, deodorized). The characteristics of such oil are that it is stored for a long time, does not have a pronounced odor and is resistant to high temperatures.
The method of refining plays an important role, namely:
• evaporation. Such oil is in principle edible;
• use of acids and sodium hydroxide. In this case, the oil is not recommended for use for food purposes, since it is devoid of all the beneficial properties.
The coconut tree cannot live without salt. It is estimated that one palm tree extracts 1.34 kilograms of salt from the soil per year
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil
This type of oil should never be used for food purposes. Due to various techniques and processes, the product has lost its natural formula. Thus, it turned into a substance that can be hazardous to health.
This oil is often used for cosmetic purposes. But unscrupulous suppliers can promote it as a "food" product. The characteristic of this oil is that lauric acid has been removed from its structure, which also acts as an antimicrobial component.
The coconut tree lives for about 100 years, producing up to 450 nuts annually
How to choose healthy coconut oil
The very first thing to remember is that good coconut oil should be unrefined and cold pressed (Cold-Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil). There are no additives in the composition. Only coconut.
A useful form is crude oils.
Coconut oil myths
• coconut oil helps you lose weight. It is impossible to lose weight due to any products. Weight gain occurs at the expense of calories. High-calorie coconut oil per 100 g 862 kcal. Therefore, it is a pure myth that by consuming coconut oil you will lose weight;
• treats cardiovascular diseases. Although coconut oil is an unsaturated fat that is good for the body. But there is a big question regarding the cardiovascular system. Excessive consumption of unsaturated fats can harm the body, namely, increase the level of "bad" cholesterol, which in turn negatively affects blood vessels and heart muscle;
• helps to cure diseases. Simply adding oil to your diet will not cure any disease. To recover and maintain health, an integrated approach and a general change in nutrition are needed
And "coconut" is not a nut at all! They are called nuts by mistake, since a coconut is a drupe, a stone fruit, the same as a plum, peach or apricot
Applications of coconut oil
Coconut oil can be used for both food and care purposes
This oil is well suited for making desserts, ice cream, sweets.
For cosmetic purposes:
• make-up removal. Works great even with waterproof makeup
• An alternative to lip balm. harmless and tasty;
• care of the cuticle;
• antibacterial face masks;
• hydration of the body;
• hair masks;
• oral hygiene