Virgin Coconut Oil is the purest form of coconut oil. It has not undergone oxidation, chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing, and which does not lead to the alteration of the nature of the oil. VCO is one of the healthiest oils available. In its natural state, virgin coconut oil is suitable for human consumption without the need for further processing.
The shelf life of virgin coconut oil is longer than most refined oils including vegetable oils. It is ideal for stocking, distribution and selling since it usually has a shelf-life of more than 2 years. VCO contains antioxidants, which make it more resilient against spoilage and rancidity.
There are several processes used in the production of Virgin Coconut Oil. VCO can be produced directly from the coconut’s meat, milk or residue. It can also be manufactured through fresh-dry processing or fresh-wet processing, where both are cold pressed only. However, the fresh-wet method or cold pressed method is considered the best method to extract virgin coconut oil since it uses no heat to retain the essential nutrients and antioxidants naturally found in VCO. The cold pressed method using a centrifuge produces a superior virgin coconut oil which has a pure colour looking like crystal water, sweet and mild in taste and has retained its natural aroma with a guaranteed shelf life of more than 2 years.
There are no official recommendations from health governing bodies as to how much virgin coconut oil should you or your customers consume each day. The general guide is to take one to three tablespoons of VCO daily, depending on our weight, physical activities, diet, and health condition. A small amount of VCO a day can be a good start to enjoy all its health benefits. A gradual increase of VCO intake is also recommended to allow our body to adjust properly. We also suggest having regular checkups with a doctor to monitor cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and other important body metrics.
It’s true that virgin coconut oil is saturated fat. However the saturated fat in VCO is healthy and does not increase bad cholesterol level in the human body. The saturated fats in VCO are identified as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Unlike long chain triglycerides, MCTs are sent directly to our liver, where they are immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat. This process can increase the metabolic rate and calorie expenditure in our body, which help us burn fats and lose weight.
As the purest form of coconut oil, VCO is packed with countless health benefits:
VCO is a wonderful product, which can be used in many ways:
VCO has a mild natural fresh coconut scent. It’s different from coconut oil that came from copra, which has a strong coconut smell. It’s also distinguishable from refined or deodorized coconut oil, which doesn’t have a coconut smell or which smells like the chemicals that were added to the oil during the processing.
VCO has a mild sweet natural coconut taste. In contrast, coconut oil that came from copra or dried coconut kernel has a strong coconut taste, while refined coconut oil is tasteless since the coconut taste is lost during the process of refining.
Virgin coconut oil looks like crystal clear oil. It is colorless and does not have sediments or yellowish color. When pure VCO solidifies, which is natural below 24 degree Celsius, its color becomes pure white.
VCO consists mainly of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are resistant to peroxidation. Unlike long chain triglycerides, MCTs are easily converted into energy by the liver and have been proven to increase the metabolism rate of an individual. The fatty acid composition of virgin coconut oil is predominantly Lauric. Monolaurin, which is converted from Lauric Acid, has been known to help boost immune system and fight harmful microorganisms in the human body.
VCO should be stored in a cool, dry, clean place, away from direct sunlight. There’s no need to refrigerate or store in freezer.