One of the main differences between Virgin Coconut oil and refined coconut oil is the scent, taste and the nutritional value. Our Virgin Coconut Oil retains the fresh scent and taste of coconuts along with its nutritional value, whereas the copra-based refined coconut oils have no taste at all due to the refining process.
Our Virgin coconut oil is known for its nice fragrance, taste, antioxidants, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), and vitamins, among other things. Virgin coconut oil has a very good taste and smell, like that of fresh coconuts, since it is derived from fresh coconuts and is subjected to very low, if not totally nil, heat and sunlight. It is also not refined. This preserves all the natural goodness of this oil, including a high content of vitamin-E and minerals, which are otherwise almost completely robbed from ordinary coconut oil during processes like heating, filtration, refining, and bleaching, which are done to make it colourless and odourless. Furthermore, virgin coconut oil is very effective as a moisturizing agent. Its antioxidant properties are far better than those of normal coconut oil.
It contains powerful fatty acids
These have powerful medicinal properties as they go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. Here they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into so-called ketones. These can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
They promote a healthy community
Populations that promote the consumption of coconut tend to be healthier than most. As a matter of fact, in certain parts of the world where coconut is a main part of their diet, there is no evidence of heart disease.
Coconut oil can improve cholesterol levels
There is strong evidence to suggest that the healthy saturated fats mentioned earlier can increase good HDL cholesterol in your body and make “bad” cholesterol less harmful. It can help keep your hearth healthy.
It’s great for hair
As well as consuming it, the oil can also be used externally to protect your hair, moisturise your skin and even works as a sunscreen, blocking 20% of the sun’s rays.
It can help weight loss
Coconut oil is low in calories and a great appetite suppressant. This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolised, because ketones can have an appetite reducing effect. It also seems particularly good at reducing belly fat. This can be the cause of many abdominal diseases. It can help you burn more fat as the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn. This is compared to the same amount of other fats (5, 6). One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%. This totals about 120 calories per day.
Coconut Oil Can Kill Harmful Micro-organisms
Both lauric acid and monolaurin – found in coconut oil- can kill harmful pathogens and these include bacteria, viruses and fungi and potentially helping to prevent infections.
- A great cooking oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
- Try adding to foods or smoothies daily for energy
- Or emulsify into coffee for a homemade coffee creamer (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
- In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
- To season cast iron skillets
- It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism when used in foods
- In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
- Add to a filling and energy boosting Brain Power Smoothie
- Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
- Use as a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
- Or try your hand at making coconut based grain free granola recipes
- My kids love these homemade meltaways (like candy)
- Use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
- Or make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack