Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil Ingredients:
- Certified organic and non-GMO
- Made from fresh coconuts, not dried copra
- No Solvents
- Pure white like fresh coconut
- Tastes like fresh coconut
- Has a fresh coconut fragrance
- Made with our Fresh Is Best™ commitment
Organic extra-virgin coconut oil
Please Note: Nutiva's Organic Extra-Virgin coconut oil is solid at room temperature and melts at 76°F. No refrigeration required.
* Other brands wait more than 10 hours between chopping the coconut and pressing the oil, adversely affecting flavor.
How virgin coconut oil is processed is the key to optimizing its taste, texture, color, and aroma.
There is no comparison between Nutiva's cold-pressed, Organic extra-virgin coconut oil, with its light taste, pleasant aroma, and pure white color, and industrialized coconut oil, with its bland taste, faint aroma, and off-white color. Please note that any tiny brown specks found at the bottom of Nutiva's Coconut oil are from the coconut fiber and are indigenous to extra-virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties. Overall, coconut oil contains 92% saturated fats, and only 1% Omega-6, the fat Americans get way too much of.
The benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
Since the 1960s, coconut oil has been unfairly labeled as "unhealthy". The media reported studies of how tropical coconut oils were laden with artery-clogging saturated fats. What was left out of these reports was the fact that the coconut oil used in the studies was not the virgin oil used for centuries, but rather hydrogenated coconut oil.
We have since learned it's the hydrogenation -- artificially adding a hydrogen molecule to oil in order to make it shelf-stable -- that's the problem, not the coconut oil itself. Hydrogenated soy, corn, and canola oils -- loaded with dangerous trans-fats and processed with toxic hexane solvents -- are routinely added to packaged foods. Hydrogenation fattened corporate profits and American waistlines, and is now linked with trans-fats and associated heart disease.
Baby formulas often include pure coconut oil as an ingredient because coconut is such a healthy super food. Virgin coconut oil is rich in the essential fatty acids, the "good fats" that doctors recommend and is cholesterol - and trans-fat-free.
Health Properties of Lauric Acid
One of the "good fats", which makes up about 50% of coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk. It is now being shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties. Some researchers predict that lauric acid will one day become as well known in health circles as Omega-3 is today.
As studies reveal the downsides of consuming too many Omega-6 vegetable oils with their saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is making a comeback. We suggest consuming 3 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil per day.
Hydrogenated Trans Fat or Healing Coconut Oil?
The FDA started requiring the labeling of "trans fats" in 2006, and as a result, the entire fat category is undergoing a review of its traditions and assumptions. Hemp and coconut oil products deliver the nourishing "good fats", which can play a vital role in our health. Millions of Americans are questioning the outmoded assumptions regarding "zero fat is good", "tropical fats are bad", and "lots of vegetable oils are beneficial".
The traditional Pacific Islander diet included large quantities of coconut meat and oil, and those who still follow this diet have a low incidence of heart disease or weight issues. When a Western-style diet including vegetable oils replaces their traditional, all of the fat-related diseases common in the developed nations, such as coronary heart disease begins to appear, their immune systems get weaker and serum cholesterol levels go up.
Besides its nutritional value, pure coconut oil also makes a luscious and soothing massage and body oil for dry and/or damaged skin.
52 uses of Coconut Oil:
• Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost • Use it as the base for a homemade body scrub
• Use to condition your wooden cutting boards • Use as a super conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal) • Use as a styling agent if you have really dry hair. Just rub a tiny bit on your palms and apply to your hair and style as
normal • Keep a little container in your purse for lip moisturizer • Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. CO is great for our furry friends! • Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your
cooking and baking with CO • Make healthy ice cream topping • Use it for oil pulling • Use a tiny dab on your underarms for a natural deodorant • Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream • Add to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a drop of peppermint oil is wonderful!) • Use as a
makeup remover • Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations
• Use it to treat athlete’s food, ringworm, or other fungal or yeast infections • Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption • Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing • Take up to 5 spoonfuls per day for improved thyroid function • Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra nutrition and flavor • Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging • Use as the base for homemade toothpaste or lotion • Use in place of massage oil • Use in place of KY Jelly •Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap • Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks • For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation • For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow • Apply to bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound • Women can use in the nether regions to relieve yeast infections, dryness, and/or discomfort • Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion • If you’re prone to nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil regularly • Helps soothe and heal hemorrhoids
• Take to helps reduce or eliminate migraines • Use as the base for a vapor rub • Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellant • Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic "Goo Gone" • Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast
• Use as a metal polish, but always test a small area first • Use as a leather moisturizer • Season your cast iron pans • Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray • Got gum stuck in your hair? Try using coconut oil to remove without cutting your hair • Use instead of WD-40 • Use as a personal lubricant (not safe with latex) • Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion
• Use as a natural sunscreen • Mix with a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and use as a furniture polish (always test a small area first!) • Mix with butter and toss your popcorn in it • Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out • Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them • Use as the base for homemade chocolate candy • Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function