Coconut oil is a liquid substance extracted from the meat of a mature coconut. Since it is a very stable substance with a long shelf life, it is used around the world as a safe and flavorful cooking oil, often substituting butter. Many believe coconut oil offers a multitude of health benefits, such as boosting the body’s natural metabolism and immune system. While it is historically popular in tropical countries, millions of people throughout the world are including this versatile oil in their cooking efforts.
Coconuts are classified as fibrous, one-seeded drupes. A drupe is a fruit with a hard, stony covering enclosing the seed (similar to a peach or olive). Although a coconut does meet the official definition of a nut (a one-seeded fruit), it is not considered a true nut because its seeds are released when the fruit wall decays or is eaten.
Coconut oil has an average shelf life of approximately two (2) years, making it one of the longest-lasting unrefined cooking oils available.
The decision of whether or not to store coconut oil in your refrigerator is really based on your personal preference. If you choose to keep it in a pantry or cabinet, rest assured it will not spoil, even if it becomes a liquid. However, storing coconut oil at room temperature does offer the advantage of easier scooping and spreading.
Coconut oil has a melting point of 76˚ F. If you store it outside the refrigerator, it may turn into a liquid. However, coconut oil has a very high stability.and doesn’t break down as easily as olive oil and other cooking oils.Regardless of how many times it transitions from solid to liquid states, coconut oil stays fresh and effective for an average shelf life of two years. Remember, you do not have to store your coconut oil in the refrigerator. In fact, some people prefer to store their coconut oil container in a cabinet or on a shelf to maintain a smooth, creamy texture that’s perfect for spreading.
No. Coconut oil is liquid at 76˚ F and your core body temperature is 98˚ F. Because of the low melting point, coconut oil remains a liquid and is digested very quickly and easily. After it is absorbed into the bloodstream, the oil is broken down and converted into energy.
There are two main techniques used to produce coconut oil:
Wet process: The fruit is removed from the husk, moistened with water, and then squeezed to produce a mixture of coconut milk and oil. The oil naturally separates from the milk within 12-24 hours. There are other methods that can be used (such as heating, cooling, or centrifugal force) to expedite the separation. The wet process is often used by those who make coconut oil at home.
Dry process: The coconut kernel is removed, shredded, and dried, after which a cold expeller press is used to extract the virgin coconut oil.
Many nutritionists and chefs believe coconut oil to be a very healthy alternative to butter and other fatty cooking additives. In countries that consume large amounts of coconut fruit, including the Philippines, India, and most Pacific islands, there are significantly fewer cases of high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and other common ailments associated with high fat consumption. Coconut oil has also been shown to boost metabolism, which may promote weight loss. Many devotees also claim the oil helps to raise energy levels, curb cravings for addictive substances, and alleviate allergy symptoms.
Another benefit of coconut oil lies in its high stability level. When stored in the proper environment, it can remain stable for many months, or even years. It can also be used as a nourishing skin cream or lotion.
Most nutritionists recommend a daily dosage of approximately three tablespoons. Coconut oil should be used as part of a healthy, balanced diet, which includes lots of fruits and vegetables.
When cooking, coconut oil can be stirred into oatmeal, soups, and stews. For sauteing, heat coconut oil in a pan for a few minutes and then add your favorite vegetables or use the hot oil to fry fish, potatoes, chicken, or pork. Coconut oil can also be used in baking as replacement for butter or other oils. We suggest you heat the coconut oil first, and then measure the appropriate amount of oil called for by each recipe. Lastly, for those energy junkies, try coconut oil as an ingredient in your next fruit or protein smoothie.
There are tons of uses and benefits. See the “67 Proven Uses for Coconut Oil” flyer on this website in the Coconut Oil listing. Coconut oil is a naturally occurring food that many generations of people have used in their daily diets. Coconut oil is not a new fad, trend, or something cooked up in a lab somewhere. Americans used coconut oil regularly before the start of World War II. When availability in the U.S. became scarce, they switched to other oils and the popularity of coconut oil waned. In recent years, there has been another surge in the demand for coconut oil, as much research is being done on plant based essential fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is trans fat free, vegetarian, and tastes like coconuts!
Coconut water is harvested by cracking open young, immature coconuts. The liquid that easily comes from the center of the nut is sweet and ready to drink as coconut water. As a coconut matures, the coconut water leads to the formation of meat on the inside of the coconut walls. This is the familiar picture of a coconut that most Americans recognize. There is very little coconut water left at maturation and the little bit that is left has lost its nice taste.
Coconut milk is a thick, creamy liquid extracted from the grated meat of the coconut. When coconut milk is settled, coconut cream rises to the top and is easily removed. There are two types of coconut milk: thick and thin.
Coconut oil is extracted through drying the coconut meat, shredding the meat, adding a bit of water, and then using a cold expeller press to collect the oil. This is the common and preferred way to extract virgin coconut oil.
Yes, people use coconut oil as an excellent conditioner for their hair. It can also be used as a soothing, aromatic substitute for skin cream or lotion.
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