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Coconut Oil – its 52 properties and benefits
Contents1 What is Coconut Oil2 How to check if coconut oil is good quality?3 Benefits of Coconut Oil What is Coconut Oil Coconut oil is an oil extracted from the skin of Cocos Nucifera L. The main element of coconut oil is saturated fatty acid (more than 90% of all fatty acid). This type of fatty acid has medium-chain fatty acids such as Lauric Acid. And when you consume saturated fatty acids, it will be metabolized quite quickly, so it will be stored in the fatty tissue shorter than long-chain fatty acids.Studies found that coconut oil did not have an impact on the weight loss of the participants (the participants maintained the same weight and didn't gain any more weight during the studies) and did not increase low-density lipoproteins (LDL). It also increases high-density lipoproteins which prevent you from cardiovascular disease caused by LDL.Cold-pressed coconut oil which is sold in the market is coconut oil extracted without heat or any chemical process. It is also known as Virgin Coconut Oil which is clear, no color, no dreg, and can be consumed.We like to use coconut oil to replace other kinds of oil for cooking. We may use it as a supplement; the suggested consumption for an adult is 3 – 4 teaspoons; while children are advised to consume 1 – 2 teaspoons. Coconut oil should be taken after each meal until you reach your daily consumption or you may mix it in your drink or juice (coconut oil mixed with tomato juice is quite a tasty drink.) Ladies like to use coconut oil in their hair treatment, use it as a facial cleanser, and skincare, etc.Coconut oil can turn waxy when exposed to a temperature lower than 25 degrees Celsius. The wax will look like a white cream because of its high saturated fat content making it easier than other kinds of oil to turn waxy. This is necessarily not a bad thing. Instead, it indicates that coconut oil is of good quality. If you find them to be waxy when you buy it, just leave it at the room temperature and it will turn into an oil state. And please make sure not to put it in the direct sunlight.How to check if coconut oil is good quality? 1. On the label, look for the factory's name, and a serial number issued by the FDA.2. Good-quality coconut oil should last about 5 years even after it's been opened. (but you should not eat it if it's rancid or has a sour smell)3. Coconut oil should be clear and transparent. It might not work in some cases because bottles and containers might not be clear.4. Good coconut oil shouldn't be rancid or has a sour smell. Even when it's been opened, it should not have any smell and it should be as if it's new coconut oil.5. The feel of coconut oil when applying to the skin should be light and not sticky. When consumed, it should dissolve in the …