We all know that virgin coconut oil is the best among the different types of coconut oil in terms of health benefits, but how do you choose the best virgin coconut oil?
Crystal clear like water is what you should check for when virgin coconut oil is in liquid form. If it looks cloudy, it may be due to the low surrounding temperature since virgin coconut oil starts to solidify below 76 °F (24 °C).
It should not appear yellowish. Yellow hue is the characteristic of refined coconut oil, not virgin coconut oil.
And when it turns solid under 76 °F (24 °C), it should appear as white as snow, not even a tinge of yellow.
My years of coconut oil experience tells me that the best virgin coconut oil should have some soft, ... Continue reading "How to Choose the Best Virgin Coconut Oil?"
Yes, of course. You can store coconut oil literally anywhere.
But depending on the types of coconut oil you buy, if it's liquid coconut oil (a type of refined, fractionated coconut oil), then storing it in fridge does not cause much inconvenience since it will always stay in liquid form even at freezing point.
But if it's other types of refined coconut oil or virgin coconut oil, then you may have problems using it when you take it out of fridge since these coconut oils will turn rock-solid at temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C). You'll need to warm it up before it turns liquid again for you to use. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time scooping it up for use.
Actually, it's not necessary to store coconut oil in a refrigerator since it contains predominantly saturated fats, which are highly resistant to ... Continue reading "Can You Store Coconut Oil in the Fridge?"
As it contains a mighty set of antimicrobials and more than 60% of metabolism-boosting medium-chain fatty acids, together with its 90% saturated fats that act as powerful antioxidants, coconut oil is good for treating a wide variety of diseases and maladies that even modern medicines can't hold a candle to.
Here's a list (not exhaustive though) of what coconut oil is good for. If you're suffering from any acute or worse, chronic medical condition that taking medication does not help much and you're badly in need of something natural to truly help you relieve, improve and expedite the healing, you can check against this list and find out how coconut oil can help with your condition.
Coconut oil is good at:
- Killing viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Killing bacteria that cause ... Continue reading "What is Coconut Oil Good for?"
Yes, coconut oil is definitely good for you. The reason why still many people doubt coconut oil's massive health benefits is due to their deep-rooted belief that saturated fat can harm our health.
NOT ALL saturated fats are bad for us. You still have to see whether the saturated fat is short-chain, medium-chain or long-chain. The saturated fat that you're told as bad belongs to the long-chain group.
Long-chain saturated fat is difficult to break apart and convert to energy for our use. And it's present in literally all kinds of meat. Just take a look at the humongous size of those who love eating meat. That's the bad effect of long-chain saturated fat.
In fact, not just long-chain saturated fat, long-chain unsaturated fat (in most vegetable oils) may appear even more harmful (except omega-3 in flax oil) since unsaturated fat promotes oxidation and can lead to a series of health-detrimental reactions in our body.
The saturated fats that coconut oil carries are mostly medium-chain. Medium-chain saturated fat reacts very differently from its long-chain counter part.
As its name suggests, medium-chain is relatively shorter in length and hence smaller in size. Because of its smaller size, our body finds it easier to break medium-chain saturated fats down into even smaller granules for quick energy conversion. That is to say, most of the saturated fats in coconut oil essentially convert to energy and this helps to ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil Good for You?"
More to the point, does coconut oil cause heart disease?
I've heard people saying that because coconut oil is a saturated fat and hardens at temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C) and so it clogs arteries easily.
Our body is always attempting to maintain its temperature levels at around 98.6 °F (37 °C). Even when our body goes into a severe disorder, it should never drop to anywhere below 90 °F (32 °C). So, how can coconut oil harden at temperature levels at or above 90 °F (32 °C) and clog our arteries and cause heart disease?
Don't you think that's dumb?
Another thing is, many heart disease sufferers do not take coconut oil and those who take coconut oil regularly do not suffer from heart disease easily. I'm one good live example. This alone shows that coconut oil does not clog arteries or I would have died of heart disease many years ago already especially when I have been taking so much coconut oil every single day since I discovered it in 2007.
You're probably still skeptical about the statement I just made. Okay, why not we take a look at how an artery gets clogged. I'm sure after a good understanding of that you'll start to appreciate that coconut oil actually benefits heart health rather than a villain that is believed to cause heart disease.
Free radicals can attack and injure the inner wall of an artery. When a damage to the artery takes place, our body will send "paramedics" such as ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Clog Arteries?"
It seems that you're trying out vegetarian diet for 7 days to see if it really lives up to its weight loss reputation. Well, before doing that, I need you to take note of these two critical points otherwise your stop-eating-meat weight loss regimen may render futile.
1. One Week is Too Short
Animal meat can indeed do more harm than good since it leaves a whole bang lot of acidic ash after digestion, making your body extremely acidic. Not only that, animals produce toxins under extreme stress, fear, rage or other negative emotions when they're slaughtered for food. These toxins are stored within the meat and when you take the meat, you're in fact consuming the toxins as well.
What's even worse is that if the animals are fed foods that contain pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics, those extra chemicals will pass on to you as well.
Massive toxins, extra growth hormones, unwanted pesticides and antibiotics can inflict unthinkable damages on your health, causing an imbalance in your hormones and lead to a serious metabolic disorder.
Therefore, stop eating meat does help you lose weight by ... Continue reading "Will I Lose Weight If I Stop Eating Meat for a Week?"
How much weight do you need to lose? By determining that we can roughly calculate how long it'll take coconut oil to help you lose weight.
For example, let's say you need to shed 20 pounds to get into normal BMI. In that case, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily will probably burn off 3–5 pounds per month, which means it'll take you 4–6 months to achieve your weight loss goal. Too long?
Actually not. Weight loss is not all about how fast you should go, but how safe and permanent your weight loss journey is instead. By the way, the fat-burning effect of coconut oil will go stronger on you when you got more fat to lose. That means, if you're overweight by 50 pounds, you may only need about 8 months of coconut oil diet to help you get to your target. And as you get closer to normal BMI, the fat-burning effect will subside. Which is why fatter people experience relatively stronger fat-burning and more weight loss with coconut oil.
Back to melting 20 pounds. Of course, the improvement of your diet and lifestyle can help speed up your weight loss with coconut oil and so you may only take 2–3 months instead to reach your coveted shape.
Don't expect coconut oil to work like any fad or crash diets. Coconut oil is designed to help burn fat, not to help lose water mass. Keep in mind.
On top of that, how long it'll take you to lose weight with coconut oil also depends on ... Continue reading "How Long does It Take Coconut Oil to Help Lose Weight?"
RBD coconut oil is not as good for health as virgin coconut oil because it may carry relatively lesser lauric acid and other medium-chain fatty acids that can help to keep you strong and healthy.
But if you compare it with other vegetable oils such as safflower oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil or even olive oil, RBD coconut oil has much more health benefits because it comprises mostly saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids. It is a coconut oil after all. From this perspective, yes, RBD coconut oil is good for you.
So, what is RBD coconut oil actually?
The term "RBD" stands for refined, bleached and deodorized. Which means the coconut oil is a refined coconut oil that has gone through the process of bleaching and deodorization so that it'll look lighter in color (or even crystal clear as in the case of fractionated coconut oil) and taste odorless.
But why does it have to be bleached and deodorized?
It needs to be bleached because ... Continue reading "Is RBD Coconut Oil Good for You?"
Some thought coconut oil has fiber because it helps to loosen bowels. Several others say that coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and so it is good for skin.
The fact is, coconut oil does loosen bowels but it does not have a least bit of fiber. Coconut oil is good for skin but it has an extremely small amount of fat-soluble vitamin E only. Apparently, its benefits on skin does not come from vitamin E. Why not we take a good look at what coconut oil is exactly made of so you have a solid idea of its composition rather than making wild guesses like others.
As you already know, coconut oil is made out of 100% fat, just like any other dietary oils. But the key difference from them is, coconut oil has about 92% saturated fats and 8% unsaturated fats. In terms of the size of fats, coconut oil is made of 64% medium-chain fatty acids while the remaining 35% are long-chain fatty acids and 1% short-chain fatty acids.
Because it composes of fat only, coconut oil can only accommodate fat-soluble nutrients and in trace amounts. Take vitamin E. It only has about ... Continue reading "What is Coconut Oil Made of?"
First off, coconut oil does not cure acne. I have to tell you upfront because that's the fact. Coconut oil does help with acne but it can never help keep your skin acne-free for good because the root cause of acne lies with your diet and lifestyle.
What I'm trying to say is that, you can use coconut oil to help treat your acne but when it comes to permanently keeping acne at bay you got to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Of course, it may sound to you that coconut oil works just like any other acne-fighting creams or lotions that on the surface help to reduce pimples but yet actually will bury more chemicals and toxins into your skin and when the time is ripe acne breaks out once again. Coconut oil, in fact, goes even further than just that to help with your acne treatment and try to reduce the odds of acne flare.
For example, coconut oil is filled with ... Continue reading "How Long does Coconut Oil Take to Cure Acne?"