Product Review: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, has amazing benefits for your heart, immunity, and skin.  Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and can be absorbed without the gallbladder.  Recent medical studies have demonstrated that coconut oil can protect from many common illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS.

While many have believed coconut oil to be harmful due to the presence of saturated fats – not all saturated fats are the same.  The primary saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain, that helps raise HDL or high-denisty lipids (the good cholesterol) levels.

The medium saturated chains of coconut oil are very resistant to heat making it one of the safest oils to cook with.

Coconut oil, when stored in a cool room, has a 2-5 year shelf life. While smaller quantities of virgin coconut oil can be purchased on Amazon and at local health stores, I purchased mine in bulk.  We bought our virgin non-refined coconut oil in bulk from Mountain Rose herbs and competitive prices can be found on Amazon.

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