How to Gain Maximum Health Benefits from Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has tons of benefits that cover you not only on the inside (health), but on the outside (skin) as well. However, not many people know how best to use this oil from the "Tree of Life" in order to truly improve their health and make their skin glow for the rest of their lives.

Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to reap its health benefits, but... how do you eat it so that you can gain the most out of it?

1. Eat Coconut Oil Raw

When I say 'raw', it means uncooked or in its most original form.

Yes, you should eat coconut oil this way so that you can obtain the greatest health benefits out of it.

Though coconut oil is very stable due to its predominant saturated molecular structure, heat (especially the one with temperatures around 220 °F or 104 °C) may mark down its health benefits a bit because this is the temperature that manufacturers use to ...read more »

Coconut Cream Vs Coconut Milk

When a recipe calls for coconut milk, can you use coconut cream instead, or vice versa?

1. Difference Between Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk

The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk lies mainly in the different concentration of their fat and water content that cause them to have different consistency.

Properties Coconut Cream (per 100 g) Coconut Milk (per 100 g)
Total fat 34.68 g 23.84 g
Water 53.9 g 67.62 g

As you can see from above, coconut cream has more total fat but lesser water than coconut milk, which is why coconut cream has a thick consistency while coconut milk appears thin and runny. This also means that coconut cream has a richer flavor.

That's why when a recipe calls for coconut milk, you should not use coconut cream or the texture and flavor of the food will become different. Same goes for recipes that call for coconut cream to make dishes that require creamy texture and if you use coconut milk, the outcome will be more watery instead of creamy.

Of course, if you don't mind the texture you can use them both interchangeably. That's totally up to you.

But if you do mind and want to make sure you're using either of them correctly to make perfect dishes, you can ...read more »

How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin Care?

Have you chosen a specific coconut oil for skin care yet? I ask you that because different types of coconut oil may perform differently on your skin due to their somewhat different composition and hence, behavior towards skin. Therefore, you should get the right kind of coconut oil for your skin needs first before anything else if you have not already done so.

1. What Kind of Coconut Oil is Best for Your Skin?

Because medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) readily penetrate, moisturize and soften your skin, you can use fractionated coconut oil (which contains only MCFAs) for your skin care. It is good when use alone, or you can use it as a carrier oil for essential oil too.

Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, contains not just MCFAs, but some amount of long-chain fatty acids too. In comparison, its skin penetration may not effect as fast as that of fractionated coconut oil, but it still serves as a good skin care product since all its fatty acids are good at fighting bacteria, fungi, viruses, free radicals and parasites that attack your outer and inner layer of skin.

In short, fractionated coconut oil penetrates skin relatively faster, but its antimicrobial properties can't match that of virgin coconut oil. So, which one should you use?

If you're already eating virgin coconut oil as food for health benefits, I don't see the need for you to get fractionated coconut oil separately for skin care. I use virgin coconut oil for both my health and skin care, by the way. It's more convenient.

But if you just want a specialized coconut oil that takes care of your skin, then fractionated coconut oil suits you best. Read Fractionated Coconut Oil Vs Virgin Coconut Oil if you need more info.

2. Organic

Pesticides, chemicals and other harmful micro-contaminants (that you cannot see with your bare eyes) can get inside your body via your skin, hence you should try to use organic coconut oil for skin care where possible.

However, it's easy to get real (certified) organic virgin coconut oil for skin care, but you can hardly find fractionated coconut oil in organic form. Even if you see certain brands claiming their fractionated coconut oil as organic, they're actually not certified (look for the "Certified Organic" label or text and you would find none).

This could probably be due to ...read more »

3 Tips on Buying Virgin Coconut Oil

Though virgin coconut oil offers the greatest health benefits of all types of coconut oil, you can't just hop into any health food store to buy any type or brand of virgin coconut oil. I've been there and the first couple of brands of virgin coconut oil I bought many years ago suck to the core (can't recall the brands already).

That's because I was inexperienced then. But now, I'm experienced enough to share some good tips on buying virgin coconut oil. And you can use them as a guide to help you get one that best fits your needs.

1. Buy as Food or Supplement?

Ask yourself, "Why do I want to buy virgin coconut oil? What is my objective?"

If you know you're in bad shape and you wish to give your health a big boost, you absolutely need to take it as food in order to reap its health benefits to its fullest.

In that case, you should buy virgin coconut oil that is packed in jar so that you have an abundance of virgin coconut oil in hand to keep you strong and healthy.

But if you think you're robust enough and just want to give your health a boost and take it to the next level, you might be interested in getting the oil in ...read more »

3 Ways to Eat Coconut Oil for Health Benefits

Do you know how best to eat coconut oil to reap its health benefits?

1. Raw

When I say 'raw', it means uncooked or in its most original form.

Yes, you should eat coconut oil this way so that you can gain the greatest health benefits out of it.

Though coconut oil is very stable due to its predominant saturated fat characteristic, heat (especially the one with temperatures around 220 °F or 104 °C) may mark down its health benefits a bit because this is the temperature that manufacturers use to remove the distinctive coconut scent in order to produce a coconut oil that is odorless and flavorless.

I mentioned in Health Benefits of Coconut Oil that it is some intrinsic phytonutrients that give coconut oil its natural odor. So, if you need the odor removed, you definitely have to sacrifice the nutrients that give off the odor.

On top of that, don't forget that coconut oil contains about 8% unsaturated fats that are unstable and may oxidize even at low heat. It's true that they're surrounded and protected against heat by the 92% saturated fats, but the protection is never perfect as long as heat is present and particularly when it reaches certain temperature levels like 220 °F (104 °C).

So, the best way to eat coconut oil for health benefits is just add ...read more »