Our health food stores are saturated with oils (lol, get it?) and I still find it challenging to navigate the isles without decision anxiety - especially on #sparklesaturdays. What really is the difference between a $6.00 Jar or $16.00 jar of coconut oil anyway?
While there isn't exactly solid evidence on ALL it's miracle health benefits, we do know that it acts as an anti inflammatory in the body, it also boosts metabolism, helps balance hormones, is an anti bacterial agent AND it tastes bloody delicious.
Coconut oil is definitely the lesser of all evils when it comes to other commercial cooking oils such as canola or seed oils and as it has a high smoke point in comparison to olive oil (which is only usable in dressings or light cooking).
Here are some basic guidelines to help you choose the best one for your temple:
- Virgin: Virgin coconut oil is derived straight from the meat of mature coconuts. It’s the real good stuff. No chemicals needed to extract all that goodness.
- Extra Virgin: To be honest, unlike olive oil, when it comes to the coconut - it doesn't make much of a difference. Don't sucked into their advertising trap and pay more for something for no reason.
- Refined: There are two main kinds of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. Refined oils are cheaper and possess no coconut flavor or aroma. They are made from from dried copra, not fresh coconuts, and the oil typically undergoes various levels of processing, including being deodorized and bleached - nasty.
- Cold Pressed: During cold pressing, the oil from the coconut meat is mechanically pressed at temperatures not exceeding 50 degrees to preserve its healthful benefits.
- Liquid Coconut Oil: Liquid coconut oil is processed to achieve its unique characteristics, and some key aspects of coconut oil are removed. One of these is lauric acid, a very healthy fat found in most forms of coconut oil. So while this version of coconut oil safe to use on skin and in recipes, you’re really not getting all of the benefits of coconut oil by using it.
- RBD: RBD stands for Refined, Bleached and Deodorized - the worst of the worst of the worst.
- Organic is best!
When it comes to choosing a brand... there are so many amazing products out there so if you stick to these guidelines you can't really go wrong. I have just purchased my next door neighbours Cathedral Cove - Raw, Organic, Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin (I got sucked in!) oil. Delicious and nutritious! I'd say I've won the coconut oil lottery.
At the end of the day it all comes down to eating whole foods. Foods that are as close as possible to how nature intended them to be. If we are going to get oily, then we may as well reap the benefit while we are at it.
Happy shopping xx