Over the years, coconut oil has been subsequently loved and hated. But now, research shows that virigin coconut oil (VCO) – which is extracted from the fruit of fresh mature coconuts without using high temperatures or chemicals – can be good for our health.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the US, virgin coconut oil has potential antioxidant properties due to certain plant nutrients it contains called phenolic compounds.
Studies have also shown that consuming virgin coconut oil can also help prevent heart disease and diabetes; it can also help with weight loss.
And let’s not forget about the benefits of this oil for breastfeeding mums and their babies! For one, VCO is a milk booster. Also, according to research, nursing mums who consume VCO have higher levels of lauric and capric acids in their breast milk. “This increases the milk’s antimicrobial and immune boosting properties, while promoting both brain and bone development in the infant.”
Give this scrumptious Lemon Raspberry Zucchini Bars recipe that uses VCO, a try!
Tip: Avoid any packaged or manufactured foods that contain partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which is bad for your health. When cooking, choose only virgin coconut oil.
Where to buy: sg.iherb.com; some FairPrice Finest outlets.
Cost: Approximately $18 for 444ml of organic virgin coconut oil, on iherb. We recommend the Nutiva brand.