Coconut Oil Organic Odourless


Coconut oil is rich in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid (about 50%) and myristic acid (about 20%). These fatty acids are so-called ‘medium-chain triglycerides’ (MCTs) because they are shorter molecules than the saturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils and animal fats (e.g. palmitic and stearic acid). This also explains why coconut oil has a far better health profile than its high content of saturated fats would suggest.


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What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is pressed from the white meat of the coconut. Broadly speaking, there are two types of coconut oil:

Virgin coconut oil is pressed from the fresh meat of  raw coconuts. It is cold-pressed and filtered and retains the classic  ‘coconut’ smell as well as many micronutrients in the oil. Most research  into the health benefits of coconut oil is based on virgin coconut oil.

Refined coconut oil is pressed from dried coconut  meat (copra) and is almost always refined before human consumption.  During the process of refining, much of the original coconut taste is  removed, along with some of the micronutrients. Because copra is a  cheaper raw material, refined coconut oil is also typically a lot less  expensive than virgin coconut oil.

Coconut oil is rich in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid  (about 50%) and myristic acid (about 20%). These fatty acids are  so-called ‘medium-chain triglycerides’ (MCTs) because they are shorter  molecules than the saturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils and  animal fats (e.g. palmitic and stearic acid). This also explains why  coconut oil has a far better health profile than its high content of  saturated fats would suggest.

Why is it good for you?

Cooking
– Coconut oil is primarily a great cooking oil because  of its stability at high temperatures. When oils are heated, they begin  processes of oxidation and polymerisation that can lead to harmful  by-products such as aldehydes. The advantage of coconut oil is that it  consists mostly of (healthy) saturated fats, which are more stable at  high temperatures than mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. This makes  frying with coconut oil a safer option. (This primer on the chemistry of frying oils explains in more detail the changes  oils undergo when frying and why using saturated fats is preferrable  when frying.)

Cholesterol – Coconut oil is also associated with  some impressive health benefits. One of these is its beneficial impact  on cholesterol levels. Coconut oil raises both HDL and LDL cholesterol  levels, but the increase in the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol far outweighs the  increase in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. A 2009 study of fatty acids in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded  that “lauric acid had a more favourable effect on total:HDL cholesterol  (ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol) than any other fatty  acid, either saturated or unsaturated.”

Weight loss – Other research suggests that using coconut oil instead of regular vegetable oils can help in weight loss programs. One study showed that women using coconut oil had a reduction in abdominal fat whereas women using regular vegetable oil did not. Another study of overweight men showed that consumption of a diet rich in MCTs  resulted in greater loss of fat tissue compared to those consuming  unhealthy LCTs (long-chain triglycerides), due to increased energy  expenditure and fat oxidation. The theory is that MCTs (like lauric  acid) are more easily digested and burned quickly for energy than  long-chain fatty acids, thus raising metabolism and aiding weight loss.  Coconut oil is therefore used by many athletes as a high-energy source  in their training programs.

Dementia: There is also emerging evidence that MCTs  can soften the impact of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. We provide  the relevant studies and articles here and here for your reference, though we believe it may be too early to draw firm  conclusions from this research, and we do not advocate the use of  coconut oil in treating either of these conditions.

Credé Coconut Oil
We have both virgin and refined (odourless) coconut oils, both of which  are certified organic. Note that the refined coconut oil has been  refined entirely without the use of chemicals. The crude oil is  filtered, then bleached using bleaching clay (which is filtered out) and  then steam-treated to remove any further impurities (this process  removes the coconut smell as well).