Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good for Weight Loss?

Yes, virgin coconut oil is good for weight loss. Many have lost weight eating virgin coconut oil. Do you know why?

That's because it contains 60–64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which easily convert to energy to step up your metabolism. This makes virgin coconut oil a popular dietary fat that burns fat. You won't find this type of good fatty acid in any other vegetable oils and animal fats except for coconut oil and its relative, palm kernel oil (~55% MCFAs).

That explains why when you eat food cooked, fried or mixed with other oils or fats, you easily heap on excess calories that your body does not need at the moment and so it stocks them up into your fat tissues.

Simply put, the fat you eat becomes the fat you wear.

But when you change your dietary oil into virgin coconut oil, you're literally setting your body up to fat-burning mode. Not only the medium-chain fatty acids convert into energy to power up your metabolism, but also helps to pull out the fat you wear and burn them off as heat.

Which is why when farmers feed coconut products to their livestock, these animals become slimmer instead of ballooning in size.

Honestly, eating virgin coconut oil can help lose weight is no news anymore since many overweight people have benefited from it. (Weight loss is one of the greatest health benefits of eating virgin coconut oil.)

However, you do have to be careful when you're getting started. You should not eat too much at one shot such as 2 tablespoons especially on ... Continue reading "Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good for Weight Loss?"

How to Choose the Best Virgin Coconut Oil?

If you need virgin coconut oil say, for acne treatment, for skin care, for fighting flu or simply for health benefits, then you really need to learn how to choose the best virgin coconut oil to fulfill your needs.

1. Color

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.

2. "Mother"

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?"

Can You Store Coconut Oil in the Fridge?

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 water freezing point (32 °F or 0 °C).

But if it's other types of refined coconut oil (like RBD 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?"

Is RBD Coconut Oil Good for You?

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?"

What is Coconut Oil Made of?

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.

It is good for skin but it has an extremely small amount of fat-soluble vitamin E only. Apparently, coconut oil's 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 that you have a solid grasp 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 80–92% saturated fats and 8% unsaturated fats. In terms of the size of fats, coconut oil is made of 54–64% medium-chain fatty acids while the remaining are long-chain fatty acids and 0.5% 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?"

Which Coconut Oil is Best for Acne Treatment?

Although coconut oil is good for acne treatment, not all coconut oils are created equal. Hence, different types have different impact on treating acne.

But of all types, virgin coconut oil offers the best acne treatment for skin. Why?

That's because virgin coconut oil helps to improve the removal of toxins from your blood so that your liver has less toxins to deal with and hence can effectively perform other functions like deactivating androgenic hormones to prevent excess secretion of skin oil, which is what makes your skin acne-prone.

Virgin coconut oil also helps to ... Continue reading "Which Coconut Oil is Best for Acne Treatment?"