- — Certified Organic and Kosher Product
- — Very low in Cholesterol and Sodium
- — Non-GMO Product
At Food To Live, we believe in bringing you the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Which is why our raw coconut oil is made from the first pressing of fresh, organic coconut. The closest thing to squeezing a coconut yourself.
While coconut oil can provide real health benefits when used as part of a balanced diet, only unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil retains all of the enzymes, acids and short and medium chain fatty acids (including lauric acid, which makes up half of the weight of natural coconut oil) that are guaranteed to bring you maximum health benefits.
Cold pressed coconut oil (also called expeller pressed coconut oil) is considered to be the gold standard of coconut oils. Processed at temperatures that never exceed 120 F (48.9 C), cold pressed oils retain all of their healthy nutrients, and are suitable for use as a food or externally on the skin and hair. And when the oil is extracted from fresh coconut (rather than dried), without bleaching or heating, it’s called unrefined, or virgin coconut oil, considered to be the purest and least processed form.
Our unrefined coconut oil is also guaranteed USDA certified organic, meaning that our coconuts have been grown non-GMO, without the use of pesticides, protecting local biodiversity, and using only approved fertilizers and methods of harvesting. The result is a quality coconut oil with a subtle, nutty flavor and scent, packed with wholesome goodness, as close to the original coconut as possible. And because it’s unprocessed, it retains all the oxidative stability of the natural oil, giving it a shelf life of over one year.
Health Benefits of Organic Coconut Oil
There have been some pretty extravagant claims made, and the jury is still out on many of them. What we do know is that natural coconut oil is packed full of short (SFCA’s) and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). SCFA’s are known to be vital in maintaining gut motility, a healthy intestinal microbiome, and immunity against inflammation and disease. And the principal MCFA in coconut oil, lauric acid, is easily digestible and turns into a readily available form of energy, so it’s excellent for those following a ketogenic diet. Saturated fats are quickly converted into ketone bodies, which not only leave you feeling fuller and more satisfied, they are one of the main energy sources for the heart and brain, and carry out important cell signaling functions throughout the body. Researchers believe that increased levels of ketones could be helpful in reducing oxidative stress, controlling inflammation, treating certain types of drug-resistant epilepsy, improving brain function and even (although there’s a great deal of research yet to be done here) extending useful lifespan.
But that’s not all. Lauric acid oil has been used traditionally for centuries to treat viral, bacterial, fungal, yeast and parasitic infections. In fact, the antimicrobial functions of lauric acid and monolaurin, its metabolic derivative, are now widely understood. Today there are many commercial products that use both, including dandruff lotions, acne treatments, cosmetics, conditioners, shampoos, and even soaps – look at the ingredient list of any of the products in your bathroom you’ll recognize lauric acid in its neutralized form (sodium laurate). Because of its high lauric acid content, organic coconut oil is considered excellent for treating very dry skin, while the rich proteins of the oil help to tame brittle, frizzy hair and hydrate the scalp, treating dandruff and other scalp conditions by not only reversing scalp dryness but also by improving scalp health.
The Best Way to Use Pure Coconut Oil
Some people like to take a tablespoon raw in the morning or add it to smoothies and milkshakes as a dietary supplement. It’s an excellent source of nutrient-rich calories for vegans too. Cooking with an extra virgin coconut oil, whether you’re making desserts or savory foods, is easy and safe – the very high smoking point makes it perfect for frying and baking and it’s also a great substitute for shortening, lard, butter, margarine, and dairy.
A good quality, raw unrefined coconut oil can also be used topically. Add it to an existing moisturizer or lotion, make your own shampoo cleansing bars and conditioners, or use it directly as a deep penetrating scalp and hair treatment. You’ll find it’s effective for treating and soothing skin conditions like dandruff, dermatitis, diaper rash, eczema, and psoriasis. It can also be used to treat acne breakouts and lessen the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Coconut oil can also safely be used in moderation as a dietary supplement for pets and used on them topically to treat minor skin conditions.
Remember, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, and also high in calories. It’s important to get your fats from a variety of sources, both saturated and unsaturated, and so coconut oil should form part of your intake of fats, rather than the only part.