Benefits of Coconut Oil
What is anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-aging? It is a superfood. It combats depression, helps with weight loss, you can use it as an antacid and it helps to stabilize blood sugar.
Pacific Islanders refer to the coconut palm as the “Tree of Life” because they believe coconut oil cures all ailments. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy.
Difference between coconut milk, water, juice, oil and butter:
Coconut milk is made from the flesh of the coconut
Coconut juice/water (no real difference) is the liquid that is stored inside a young coconut; as the fruit ages, the liquid solidifies into the meat. The juice is considered “natures sports drink” as it is high in electrolytes a low in sodium.
Coconut butter is made from the whole flesh including the oil, and puréed into a spread (coconut Butter is 65% oil by nature).
Coconut oil is just the oil pressed from the flesh. Always look for virgin cold pressed as it is the least processed.
Coconut oil is where all the healthy goodness comes from. Coconut oil is described as the healthiest oil on earth. Well, what makes this oil different than all the others? The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are comprised of fatty acids; Short chain fatty acids, medium chain fatty acids and long chain fatty acids. Almost 100% of all fatty acids consumed are long chain fatty acids. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s). MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.
Here at OTM we use coconut milk in our smoothies and we sell a great coconut oil to use in cooking or for medicinal purposes.