Coconut oil will condense below 20 degrees c, and see if the color is white. If it is obviously yellow, it is a lower quality or inferior product.
When the coconut oil is liquid, it is not a big problem to pour it out of the bottle mouth, but it is easy to condense in winter, and the wide bottle mouth can only be digged out for use. After opening, the sooner you can use it up, the better.
The human body temperature is 36 or 37 degrees. Coconut oil will melt when applied on the body. You can try a little on the skin on the back of your hand and massage it. If it is absorbed quickly, it is not sticky, and the skin becomes tender, it is a good coconut oil.
There is more than one way to make coconut oil. Some manufacturers use the “dry method”, and sometimes the coconut meat is dried in an unsanitary environment. In order to remove impurities and odors, the coconut meat will be bleached or deodorized at high temperature, and then the coconut meat will be pressed by a machine or the oil will be extracted with a solvent. The addition of coconut spice makes you think that it has a strong coconut flavor and is of high purity. In fact, after “processing”, the nutrients are much less.
A really good coconut oil should taste non-greasy and have a light coconut fragrance, which is very refreshing. In the end it is not the essence, the human taste buds can distinguish.
Do not buy coconut oil from unknown sources, it should be certified on the packaging. The types of certification include the common “organic certification, cold-pressed virgin, American certification”, and now it is also very popular for food to have the kosher “KOSHER” food label, which literally means “clean, complete, flawless”. , and the food is certified by Kosher, which means that the product has undergone strict inspection and regulations so that these foods are considered clean and healthy, and this mark is also regarded as the highest level of certification. When choosing, you can pay special attention.
Because it is difficult to preserve high content of Lauric Acid during the production process of coconut oil, generally commercially available products rarely contain more than 50% lauric acid, so the labelling may be unclear or not labelled with this information. If it says more than 50%, it’s a good coconut oil, and of course, the price is usually higher.
Mention of coconut oil brings to mind its many health properties, with the main focus being its role in disease prevention and weight loss. It’s just that both of these claims are just wishful thinking, albeit for slightly different reasons.
First, let’s focus on healing. Lauric acid is said to be effective against. microorganisms and to fight a variety of diseases.
Lauric acid is a particularly odd fat, and believe it or not, it has been shown to have antibacterial properties, as well as fight a variety of diseases. Studies have shown that it can kill a variety of potentially harmful microorganisms, so perhaps we have to take some of the claims about Lauric acid seriously?
Or not. The research on Lauric acid has only been carried out in the test tube environment on the effect on microorganisms. Other than that, there are absolutely no studies of note showing lauric acid or coconut oil have any effect on disease-causing pathogens in humans or rainbow trout. Maybe this test-tube study sounds like an interesting clue, but jumping from the test-tube responses to real-world health conclusions is just too much of a jump.
In the test tube can kill pathogenic microorganisms, also include water, sugar, salt and detergent; trampling with feet or burning with fire. However, such information is less useful when we are talking about healing. In the hospital, the most effective way to kill all dangerous microorganisms and keep them out of the body is to use an alcohol-based hand gel, but that doesn’t mean consuming a lot of alcohol is good for your body. The same goes for Lauric acid; while this is definitely a very interesting result for the scientists conducting the experiment, it doesn’t mean that coconut oil is a miraculous cure-all superfood.
Faithful advocates of coconut oil are sure to rant about this book right now, desperately trying to keep everyone from forgetting that virgin coconut oil’s antioxidant properties also have disease-fighting properties, justifying the high prices of related products. This may be true, micronutrients in food are usually good things, and it is too early to say anything about the so-called antioxidants in coconut oil.
1. Can improve the body’s immunity
Lauric acid has strong antibacterial properties against bacteria, viruses, and even parasites in the gastrointestinal tract. This is why everyone encourages babies to drink breast milk, because breast milk can help babies gain the ability to resist microorganisms, and the key to this is the “lauric acid” component contained in breast milk.
2. Helps to promote human health
Lauric acid is a type of medium-chain fatty acid. When the human body eats lauric acid, most of it will be sent to the liver to be converted into energy and will not be stored as fat. At the same time, because it can be absorbed without enzymatic hydrolysis and bile salt emulsification, it will not increase the metabolic load of the body.
3. Helps lose weight
Lauric acid is easy to burn fat and can increase the burning rate of calories, so it is easy to help lose weight and increase the metabolic rate.
Let me remind you that coconut oil is not a weight loss medicine, and it must be eaten correctly to have a weight loss effect.
4. Helps Treat Acne
Lauric acid is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and bactericidal. However, this does not mean that you can rub coconut oil directly on acne! Researchers have simply extracted lauric acid to produce skin care products or medicines.
More than 50% of coconut oil is lauric acid. In addition to these effects, I would like to tell you that other components of coconut oil will also bring benefits, such as preventing cardiovascular disease, improving brain function, and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Can fight free radicals and delay aging.
So far, no research has shown that coconut oil can help fight disease in humans or animals. There are indeed many studies on the metabolic effects of medium chain triglycerides, but that has nothing to do with coconut oil. Besides, is there anything else?
Maybe one or two more. There is a little bit of research on coconut oil, but most of it has been done on its main fatty acid component, lauric acid. Justifying coconut oil’s status as a miraculous superfood on the basis of those research results is a bit of an overstatement. But I guess since the so-called “magic superfood status” is just a fabricated marketing gimmick, it doesn’t matter if there is evidence.
Among the main arguments for coconut oil is the health and vitality shown by Indigenous peoples around the world who consume large amounts of it. Naturally, these people attributed all the vitality of the Aboriginal people to the magic oil they ingested. Arguments about the legendary health of Polynesian Aboriginal peoples, especially their heart health on a relatively high-fat diet, have often come up in the coconut oil debate.
There have been some population studies done in the past, but nothing can be drawn to support coconut oil’s arguments. It’s true that some groups of Polynesian natives who eat a lot of coconuts have really low rates of heart disease, but I hope the reader can see the correlation and causation, and also notice that there are several confounding factors Existing, especially the population groups in the study tended to also have high intakes of fruits and vegetables and fatty fish. In addition, it is very important that none of these people ingested so-called “coconut oil” because coconut oil is a modern processed product. They may have eaten a lot of coconut meat, and some even made coconut milk from it, but never extracted coconut oil from it. Although eating this way also ingests fat, ingesting it in the form of whole foods is very likely to change the way food is metabolized. Eating sunflower seeds and drinking a large can of sunflower oil are two different things after all.
Polynesians are not the only people in the world whose staple food is coconut. In the case of Sri Lankans, the average intake of coconut is higher, but the rate of cardiovascular disease is abnormally high. This of course doesn’t prove that coconut has or doesn’t have magical properties, it just means that the way science works is never just taking certain evidence to confirm what you already believe.
Other evidence for the dietary benefits of coconut oil is sparse and inconclusive. Many people claim that it raises good cholesterol (good cholesterol is HDL, for those who haven’t checked it before), although most studies show that it also raises bad cholesterol (LDL)- — that is, an increase in overall cholesterol — a risk factor for heart disease. Most of the evidence shows that coconut oil is less effective at raising cholesterol than cream, but worse than olives and sunflower.
There is a study on ethnic Malays that is often cited as evidence that coconut oil can help reduce waist circumference, but it was only a small study, the study was only 20 people, and the effect was only obvious in the male group, as for the study Other factors to be measured, including total body weight, showed no effect. Taken literally, this doesn’t sound like a strong endorsement of coconut oil’s benefits at all.
Because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is suitable for people of all ages. It can improve immunity and relieve chronic diseases. It is a healthy vegetable oil.
Lauric acid also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, can prevent subtle inflammation symptoms in the body, and is very effective in inhibiting arteriosclerosis, so it is also very suitable for the elderly.
Understanding the lauric acid component in coconut oil, its efficacy, and suitable groups also helps us to further understand coconut oil.