Virgin Coconut Oil: Its True Characteristics and Many Uses
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Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is the best quality and healthiest type of coconut oil. Hands down, it is the most nutritious form of coconut oil you can use.
VCO is not just any ordinary dietary oil or fat, but is considered a “premium quality health food.”
It packs the most nutrients and health benefits the oil of the humble coconut can possibly offer. More on its amazing benefits a little later.
According to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and Philippine National Standards (PNS), VCO is defined as follows.
- It is the oil obtained by natural or mechanical means from fresh mature coconut meat and/or its derivatives (coconut milk and coconut milk residue).
- The production process may involve little to no heat with absolutely no chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing.
- The oil should be unaltered and suitable for consumption without the need for further processing.
- It is colorless or water-white in appearance, sediment-free, and must have that fresh coconut aroma and flavor (no rancid scent or taste).
- Nothing should be added to the oil (food additive, etc.).
Dense in Nutrients
Since it has gone through minimal processing, VCO retains most of the phytonutrients that are naturally present in the unprocessed oil. Phytonutrients include antioxidants and phytosterols which are known to have significant health-boosting properties.
Smell and Taste the Difference
Virgin Coconut Oil should have a scent and flavor that is so good it can be eaten by the spoonful. It should not have a strong taste. If it does, then it may be poorly processed (heated to excessive temperatures, etc.).
A good quality VCO will only have a mild to mildly intense (at the most) coconut aroma and flavor.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids
VCO is the closest it will ever get to the way God made coconut oil, with all its nutrients practically intact. But coconut oil did not earn its reputation as The Healthiest Oil on Earth because of its phytonutrient-content. That distinction belongs to Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).
More than two-thirds of VCO are composed of MCFAs, a relatively rare type of fatty acid mostly found in coconut oil. MCFAs are the main reason why VCO can potentially change your life forever.
MCFA-rich VCO is a functional food, possessing health benefits beyond its nutritional content. It sustains your body, repairs injuries, wards off disease and overcomes sickness. It’s a potent drug that is non-toxic and causes no harmful side effects. What a gift from God!
Here are some of the numerous health-promoting characteristics of the one and only VCO.
- Kills all lipid-coated bacteria and viruses, including the ones that cause Pneumonia, Meningitis, AIDS, SARS, etc.
- Kills fungi that cause Candidiasis, Ringworm, Athlete’s foot, etc.
- Kills parasites such as Lice, Tapeworm, Giardia, etc.
- The only low-calorie fat from nature
- Pro-Energy, not Pro-Fat
- Accelerates your metabolism
Hair and Skin
- Reduces hair protein loss
- An excellent exfoliant (dead skin cell remover)
- Stimulates hair growth
- Prevents stretch marks, wrinkles, etc.
- Increases good cholesterol (HDL) and improves your cholesterol ratio
- People who consume it in large amounts regularly rarely develop heart disease
- Has no cholesterol, trans fats, etc.
Have A Question, Story Or Tip About Virgin Coconut Oil?
Do you have a question about virgin coconut oil (VCO)? Ask anything! And do share your story or tip while at it, or vice versa.
Click on the links below to see some excellent questions, great stories and tips about virgin coconut oil. They were all written by other visitors to this page…
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