Virgin Coconut Oil Frequently Asked Questions

These are just general guidelines and may not be suitable for everyone, please consult your doctor if in doubt.

How much coconut oil should be taken daily to receive its health benefits?

The health benefits of coconut oil are mainly from the medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). An adult needs about 3.5 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil a day according to researchers. It is recommended to take this amount throughout the day with food high in fibre and protein. Make coconut oil diet part of your day to day life.

How best to use Coconut Oil?

There are many ways to use Virgin Coconut Oil and incorporate it into one's diet. Since it is a stable cooking oil, one can simply replace unhealthy oils in their diet with Virgin Coconut Oil. Since it is a solid most of the time at room temperature or when refrigerated, it can be a butter or margarine substitute for spreads or for baking. Any recipe calling for butter, margarine, or any other oil can be substituted for Virgin Coconut Oil. It is popularly mixed in with "smoothies"

Does Virgin Coconut Oil need to be kept in the refrigerator, and how long does it last?

No, Virgin Coconut Oil does not need to be kept in the refrigerator. Virgin Coconut oil is the least susceptible to oxidation of any plant oil. It's natural antioxidants give it the longest shelf life of any plant oil. Please check expiry date on the container.

Will cooking with Coconut Oil cause it to become hydrogenated and toxic like hydrogenated oils?

No. Hydrogenation is an industrial process where hydrogen molecules are introduced to the oil to make it solid at room temperatures. It chemically alters the oil and creates harmful trans fatty acids. Cooking with Virgin Coconut Oil does NOT introduce hydrogen into the oil or hydrogenate it.

How is VCNO different from other coconut oils found in health food stores?

When purchasing a healthy coconut oil, one must determine between "virgin" and "semi-refined." The determining characteristic of Virgin Coconut Oils is that they are made from fresh coconuts, and they have a distinct aroma and taste of coconuts present. Tasteless coconut oils are probably made from copra, not fresh coconuts. There are also some oils that are made from copra that are not fully deodorized and have a taste to them. But these oils are refined also, despite marketing claims. You will be able to taste the difference when comparing with a Virgin Coconut Oil. There are many ways of refining coconut oil made from copra, some more healthy than others. But virgin coconut oils start out with fresh coconuts, and do not need further refining as their natural antioxidant properties make them very stable oils.

Is your coconut oil organic?

Yes! Our Virgin Coconut Oil is certified through the growing, harvesting, production, repackaging and labeling of the oil. Any oil that claims to be organic and does not conform to the above specification, is NOT organic. For example, if the oil is certified organic in its place of origin through the above procedures and then repackaged in a location that does not conform to organic processes, then the oil is no longer organic - you don't know where it's been!

* Most coconut oils on sale in the UK today are RBD (refined, bleached and deodorised).


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