Virgin coconut oil is approximately 44.6% lauric acid, 16.8% myristic acid, and 8.2% palmitic acid, and it’s composed mostly of medium-chain-fatty-acids (MCFA). MCFAs are widely regarded as extremely useful for providing sustainable energy due to their molecular structure.
How is coconut oil harvested and extracted?
Ever wondered how premium coconut oil is actually made? Here’s where good coconut oil comes from. Whole coconuts are collected fresh off the tree, then shelled to remove the outer shell (the brown skin). The white coconut meat is removed and ground at low temperatures into granules.
Once dried, the coconut granules are loaded into a customized cold-process expeller that squeezes out the oil. This is done at a very high temperature in order to preserve the raw nutrients. The oil that comes out is then loaded into a centrifuge that spins it at high speed to remove any moisture or particulate matter.
The resulting oil is called Virgin Coconut Oil. It is then poured into containers, labelled and shipped. Note that there is no cooking, pasteurization, fumigation, hydrogenation or other artificial process involved. This is all about harvesting the coconut meat, drying it, then pressing out the oils to be captured, filtered and packaged. It is probably the most natural process you can find for consuming coconut oil other than picking and eating the coconut yourself.
Using virgin coconut oil
Here are several ideas for using coconut oil. If you have been cooking with something like olive oil, try replacing that with coconut oil. Coconut oil resists creating high-heat carcinogens, meaning you can cook with it at higher temperatures without jeopardising food nutrients, as often happens with corn oil, soybean oil or other cheap, low-end vegetable oils.
You can add coconut oil to just about any smoothie! It also makes a delicious, ice cream textured dessert that will just blow your mind with its nutritional potency. Your kids can eat this all day long, guilt free.
If you’re into raw foods recipes, you’ll find yourself using coconut oil for all kinds of things. Especially desserts, where coconut oil is often part of the icing that goes on the raw cake or pie. It’s super delicious!