Good Morning and T.G.I.F!!!!

Being a coconut oil lover. I needed to share this article that I read this morning at livestrong.com. So many people ask me why I use coconut oil.  My response; Coconut oil is amazing and has so many uses with food as well as awesome benefits to your body.
 I use it for cooking just about everything. I love to melt it and pour over my Brussels sprouts or asparagus mix with salt, pepper and garlic and roast in oven or the grill.
I use it for my homemade balsamic dressing, melting 1/2 cup coconut oil then adding to 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, garlic, 1 tablespoon or Dijon mustard and salt and pepper, shake vigorously.  Oh my So yummy.   
I also coat my pan with it to sear, bake or saute’. 
My favorite use is on my skin, its a great moisturizer and smells so awesome. 
But which coconut oil should you use. Refined or Unrefined?
My favorite go to coconut oil is the Spectrum organic unrefined coconut oil. Read below to find out more.

REFINED VS. UNREFINED COCONUT OIL Nov 26, 2010 | By Marek Doyle (shared from livestrong.com )

Despite the negative portrayal of saturated fats in nutritional circles, coconut oil has taken many plaudits for the array of benefits it offers. Individuals interested in its positive effects on cardiovascular health, yeast control and energy production may wish to consider the differences between the refined coconut oil and its unrefined equivalent.

REFINED COCONUT OIL

A high proportion of the coconut oil that ends up in foods may be classified as refined. Tropical Traditions defines refined oil as a product that has undergone bleaching and deodorizing. Such treatment becomes necessary because of the unsanitary conditions in which farmers often store the coconut solids before they send them to a factory for processing.

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UNREFINED OIL

Unrefined oil, also known as virgin coconut oil, does not undergo the same process as its refined equivalent. Tropical Traditions explains that producers make the virgin product by mechanically pressing the coconut meat soon after picking. Because of this difference, they need not use any chemicals to treat the oil and it retains more of the compounds naturally present.

POLYPHENOLS

The polyphenols remain an important part of coconut oil. Dr. Bruce Fife, a physician and the author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” notes that these plant compounds demonstrate an important antioxidant effect inside the body, inhibiting the oxidation of cholesterol. Through this mechanism, coconut oil can reduce the development of atherosclerosis and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Because the polyphenols become damaged during the bleaching process, you should not expect such positive effects from refined coconut oils.

MEDIUM CHAIN FATTY ACIDS

A highly saturated oil, three-quarters of coconut oil comes in the form of the medium chain fatty acids. These unique compounds, a subdivision of saturated fat only found in high concentrations in coconut oil, can help support the immune system and eradicate yeast infections. Fife explains how these acids can diffuse into the cell membrane of a fungal cell before causing its death by dissolving. Because of their saturated nature, the medium chain fats remain stable in both the refined and unrefined oil.

CHOOSING AN OIL

Of the two options, refined oil remains a cheaper choice. While the refined product still contains the valuable medium chain fatty acids, the damage done to many nutritive factors such as the polyphenols during processing means that the unrefined oil stands out as a healthier choice.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/318185-refined-vs-unrefined-coconut-oil/#ixzz2XVsiAcxs

Now only using coconut oil since February I wasn’t
aware that it would in-fact melt if it got to warm on the shelf.
The first time this happened to me I wondered would it go rancid.
Well click here to read about How to store coconut oil.
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