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 »
Do you know how best to eat coconut oil to reap its health benefits?
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 »
If you experience symptoms similar to diarrhea and feel a little nauseous after eating coconut oil, odds are, you have taken a bit too much especially when you're just getting started with this health-promoting super food or your body has yet to get used to its bowel-loosening effect.
Coconut oil (particularly the virgin type) contains 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are not only good at protecting you against diseases and harmful microorganisms, but are also effective in softening stools and loosening bowels.
However, taking 2 or even 3 tablespoons of the oil in one sitting especially on an empty stomach can cause diarrhea-like symptoms. Not only coconut oil starters, even seasoned coconut oil eaters (like me) or those who have serious constipation issues will have very loose stools if they consume the oil that way.