I've tasted numerous brands of virgin coconut oil from various countries over the past 10+ years.
All claim on their labels that their virgin coconut oils are of the finest quality. The thing is, I don't smell anything close to coconut and I would get either a peculiar or somewhat pungent flavor from some brands. Are they really virgin?
Of course, I did lay my tongue on some truly good quality or even the best as far as I'm concerned.
That said, not all virgin coconut oils are created equal.
However, I do have my ways of identifying top quality virgin coconut oil after so many years of trying different brands. You can take these guidelines to help you choose the best virgin coconut oil for maximum health benefits.
At temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C), virgin coconut oil starts turning snowy or cloudy (it's not a sign of rancidity, take note). And at even lower temperature, it becomes as hard as rock and looks snowy white. When in absolute liquid form, it should look crystal clear like water.
If the oil shows yellow or even brown tint (it's easier to notice this in liquid form), then either it has been contaminated with bacteria and molds or it actually is just a ...Find out more
Why do babies get constipated so easily nowadays?
Thanks to the infant formula that contains little or no dietary fiber and medium-chain fatty acids that are critical for infants to move their bowels regularly.
In contrast, exclusively breastfed infants are rarely constipated because breast milk has got a good amount of medium-chain fatty acids that almost always help to soften stools and stimulate bowel movement for infants.
So, if you exclusively feed your baby infant formula, you need coconut oil since coconut oil has considerable amount of medium-chain fatty acids (especially lauric acid) that are also present in breast milk. Here are the 3-step guide to help your baby relieve constipation with the correct use of coconut oil.
Step 1: Choose Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil carries the best nutritional structure for both health improvement and bowel movement. And if it's organic, that will be even better for infants since you wouldn't want to expose them to pesticides, unknown substances or artificial chemicals. So, make sure you choose only organic virgin coconut oil for your baby.
Side note: You can also use ...Find out more
To gain health benefits from coconut oil, it's not just about eating it and that's all about it.
Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to improve your immunity. But you can leverage the health-promoting properties of coconut oil to the fullest potential and take your health to a higher level. How?
Let me show you.
1. Coconut Oil with the Greatest Health Benefits
We're focusing on making you healthier, right? So, it makes perfect sense for you to use the best coconut oil that offers the greatest health benefits.
In that case, choose virgin coconut oil from the various types of coconut oil available on the market.
It's the best among them all because it is cold pressed and goes through as minimum processing as possible, hence, it gets to retain most of its beneficial properties.
However, this unrefined coconut oil will give off an odor that is naturally present in it. It's aromatic to many of us but you may not like it.
If that's the case, then your next best alternative would be ...Find out more
Everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon to gain better health from coconut oil. But do you know how best to eat it to reap its health benefits?
1. Eat Coconut Oil Raw
When I say 'raw', it means uncooked or in its most original form.
Yes, you should ingest 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 fats, 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 ...Find out more
Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?
No way! We can't just base on that and say 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?
||Fractionated Coconut Oil
||Virgin Coconut Oil
||Purely medium-chain triglycerides
||Less than 1% short-, 50–64% medium- and 35% long-chain triglycerides
|Also known as...
||MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil
||Unrefined coconut oil or extra-virgin coconut oil
|Degree of saturation
||80–90% saturated, 8–10% unsaturated
||14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C)
||76 °F (24 °C)
||320 to 350 °F (160 to 177 °C)
||350 °F (177 °C)
|Color in liquid state
|Color in solid state
||Odorless with a subtle pungent smell
(When packaged as Liquid Coconut Oil, it may give off a delicate coconut scent)
|Scent of coconut
||Skin care products, hair care, massage oil
(When packaged as MCT Oil, it can help boost your athletic performance. Also, hospital uses MCT oil to treat certain health issues. When packaged as Liquid Coconut Oil, you can cook your food with it.)
|Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits
||Up 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. Lower quality one 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 ...Find out more