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 »
Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?
No way! We can't simply base on such fact and say that fractionated coconut oil is bad. That's outright unfair to fractionated coconut oil, don't you think?
I would say each has its own benefits on health and skin, and in other aspects. But whether their benefits apply to you or not will depend on what you're looking for. Why not we compare their properties side by side first so that you can make a better decision on which one to choose for your needs?
Less than 1% short-, 64% medium- and 35% long-chain fatty acids
Also known as...
MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil
Unrefined coconut oil or Extra-virgin coconut oil
Degree of saturation
92% saturated, 8% unsaturated
14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C)
76 °F (24 °C)
320 °F (160 °C)
350 °F (177 °C)
Color in liquid state
Color in solid state
Scent of coconut
Skin care products, hair care, massage oil, medicine, special diet for athletes
Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits
Several months to 5 years
It seems that the only common characteristic between fractionated and virgin coconut oil is their color.
High quality fractionated coconut oil should look colorless. Low quality may appear yellowish due to the moldy impurities or other colored contaminants not completely removed in the manufacturing process.
Other than that, everything else is different. And their differences mean that their ...read more »
Fractionated coconut oil actually comes in 3 different types, one is labeled fractionated coconut oil, the other two MCT oil and liquid coconut oil.
Although they're produced from roughly the same manufacturing process (hydrolysis followed by fractional distillation then esterification) and hold essentially the same medium-chain fatty compounds – caprylic and capric acids, not all 3 types are edible.
That's because the one labeled fractionated coconut oil is primarily manufactured for external use only (hair care, skin care, body care). This type has not passed the quality assurance to be sold as food (not FDA approved). Hence, you should not eat it.
If you fear you might eat the wrong type of fractionated coconut oil, just bear in mind that fractionated coconut oil comes with a ...read more »
More and more people are getting aware of the health benefits of coconut oil, particularly virgin coconut oil. It is indeed very good for us because I've proven its power of healing myself. Upon flu infection, taking virgin coconut oil out of the jar plus adding more (than usual) to meals help me recover in 3–5 days. My wife has tested. My cousin has tested. So are the many people around me who have used the tropical oil for other antimicrobial treatments.
However, coconut oil can cause "bad side effects" especially in the detox aspect if you use it in the wrong way or you're unaware of its detox prowess.
Side Effect #1 – Diarrhea-Like Symptoms
Apart from the fact that coconut oil cures constipation (lots of "constipators" said coconut oil works extremely well on stimulating their bowel movement), it may also trigger the opposite reaction – diarrhea-like symptoms if you suddenly ...read more »