Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth," says Dr Bruce Fife, who runs the Coconut Research Center in the US. While he doesn't dispute that the oil, extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, is mostly made up of saturated fat, Fife says scientific evidence shows it is a healthier version.
"Coconut oil is unique because it is composed predominately of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)," he says. "The size of the fatty acid is extremely important because physiological effects of medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are distinctly different from the long-chain fatty acids more commonly found in our diet.
"It's the MCTs in coconut oil that make it different from all other fats and, for the most part, gives it its unique character and healing properties. Few foods nowadays contain MCT. By adding coconut oil to your diet you can literally eat your way to better health."
He cites a long list of ways coconut oil has been found to benefit human bodies. He says it:
Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.
Kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses because of the antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids.
Helps diabetics by slowing sugar release into the bloodstream.
Prevents strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.
However, these claims are hotly contested by major organisations such as the Heart Foundation and the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Fife dismisses such bodies' lack of support for coconut oil as "prejudiced and outdated".
"Saturated fats do not cause or even promote heart disease," he says, citing a 2010 research survey that looked at 21 different studies. "There was no evidence saturated fats were harmful."
Coconut oil is a natural energy source because it contains MCTs (medium chain) "good fats" the body uses to produce energy. As a dietary supplement, Coconut oil is a good addition to physical activity, exercise and weight loss programs.
Calories (130), Calories From Fat (130), Total Fat (14 g, 22%), Saturated Fat (13 g, 67%), Polyunsaturated Fat (0.5 g), Monounsaturated Fat (1 g), Medium Chain Fatty Acids (8694 mg), Lauric Acid (6657 mg), Caprylic Acid (1043 mg), Capric Acid (994 mg)
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Dosage As a dietary supplement, take 1 to 4 tablespoons daily. May be used as a spread or added to salad dressings & smoothies. For cooking use Coconut oil in place of butter, margarine, shortening or other cooking oils for baking or frying in temperatures up to 350 degrees (medium heat). For skin care use Coconut oil as a moisturizing lotion. Place jar in warm water to liquefy, then massage small amounts onto the skin. For hair care use Coconut oil as a conditioner. Once liquefied apply 2 teas
Size: 16 oz
EXTRA VIRGIN ORGANIC COCONUT OIL Coconut oil is a natural energy source because it contains MCTs (medium chain) good fats the body uses to produce energy. As a dietary supplement, Coconut oil is a good addition to physical activity, exercise and weight loss programs. Our Coconut oil is certified Organic, Non-GMO, Pure extra virgin, Cold pressed, Hexane-free, Unrefined, Non-bleached, has Zero trans fat and Zero hydrogenated fat. Coconut oil can be taken as a dietary supplement, used for cooking or used for skin & hair care.