Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (CO) is the healthiest, most versatile unprocessed dietary oil in the world. It is made from organically grown coconuts and is an excellent cooking oil. It contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which the body metabolizes quickly, converting the fats to energy rather than storing them as fat. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a stable, healthy saturated fat that does NOT elevate “bad” (LDL) cholesterol.
Garden of Life® Extra Virgin Coconut Oil™ is rich in lauric-acid (50-55%), capric acid and caprylic acid. These are super fatty acids with strong anti-microbial properties. We think it is simply the best tasting, most aromatic coconut oil on the planet!
- Made from Certified Organic Coconuts
- Contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Anti-fungal Properties
- Abundant in Medium Chain Fatty Acids
- Helps to Improve HDL and LDL Cholesterol Ratios
- Shown to Support Healthy Thyroid Function
- May Help to Promote Proper Weight Management
- Helps to Reduce Hypoglycemic Cravings
- May Improve Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
- Known to promote smooth & supple skin
- Can Withstand Wide Heat Ranges Without Oxidation
- Delicious Coconut Flavor and Aroma
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Coconut Oil Health Benefits
Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years, and is still a staple in the diets of many people living in tropical areas today. It was once popular here in the United States as well, until shortages of imported oils during WW II created the need to promote local oils like soybean and corn oil. Soon, polyunsaturated fats became the norm in this country; and with it came a rise in obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and degenerative diseases related to aging.
This oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders, support overall immune function, and help prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections. People who consistently use coconut oil, report changes in their ability to go without eating for several hours without experiencing the effects of hypoglycemia.
A study conducted in Yucatan, where coconut oil is a staple, showed that metabolic rates of people living there were 25% higher than in comparable test subjects living in the United States. Increased metabolic rate is a key to healthy weight management and could account for the leanness of people living in areas where it is consumed on a daily basis. The study further observed that local women displayed none of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.
Good Fat vs Bad Fat
Research done in the 1950s concluded that all fat was bad! Today, many people still equate fat with weight gain, clogged arteries, and high blood pressure. However, certain fats actually help to prevent those conditions and are essential to good health.
Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. They assumed at the time, that all fats (including CO) were unhealthy because they raised serum cholesterol levels. But, in revisiting those studies, researchers found that hydrogenated (refined) CO had been used. All hydrogenated oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, and contribute to greater oxidation and free radicals in the body. In fact, further research has shown that excess amounts of trans-fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils) increase the risk of degenerative diseases and other age-related maladies.
Studies have shown that the amount of unsaturated oil in the diet strongly affects the rate at which wrinkled skin develops. Taken internally and used topically, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is effective at slowing down that process.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil™ has tremendous antiviral properties. Lauric Acid makes up 50 to 55 % of the medium-chain fatty acids in Coconut Oil. In the body, Lauric Acid converts into monolaurin, a compound which is good at fighting viral pathogens, and is also present in large quantities in breast milk, where it protects infants from viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
Traditional Processing Methods
Extra Virgin CO is produced by the same methods Filipino farmers have been using for thousands of years. Meat extracted from only the freshest, organically grown coconuts is shredded and cold-pressed to make coconut milk. The milk is left to ferment for 24-36 hours, during which time the oil separates. The end product is an aromatic coconut oil that retains its taste and aroma, as well as its nutritional value for a very long time. In fact, Extra Virgin CO has a longer shelf life than any other plant oil.
Aroma and Taste Says It All!
Apart from its healthful benefits, the aroma and taste alone is enough to convince anyone to use Extra Virgin CO. Unsaturated oils go rancid in a fairly short time, imparting a stale odor and taste.
When tested, Extra Virgin CO stored at room temperature for a year, showed no signs of rancidity. Of greatest interest, is its ability to withstand wide temperature ranges during cooking, without the oxidizing effects that occur with other plant-based oils.
Garden of Life® Extra Virgin CO contains NO HYDROGENATED OILS and is not bleached, refined, or deodorized.