The many benefits of coconut oil
Posted By biteme June 25, 2021
You may be familiar with some of the benefits of coconut oil. It’s use and popularity have grown over the last decade, due to its versatility and health benefits.
Coconut oil is one of the main sources of fat used in cooking throughout South East Asia. It is made up of mostly saturated fatty acids, including medium-chain-triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs may improve insulin sensitivity, and have a number of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Read more below for just a few of the reason’s we love coconut oil.
It’s a source of MCTs
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are known for their health benefits, which include promoting healthy weight loss, supporting the body in burning fat, and reducing lactate build-up during exercise. They also have lower melting points to oils with long chain fatty acids, and are directly absorbed by the intestine and sent to the liver to be used as energy. The MCTs found in coconut oil come from lauric acid, and are what sets it apart chemically from other oils and saturated fats.
It contains antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties
Coconut oil has been used medicinally, and topically for thousands of years to help with wound healing, and for its anti-inflammatory anti-bacterial properties.
It has a high smoke point
Due to its high smoke point, coconut oil is commonly used for cooking. High smoke points are known as the temperature that fat starts to oxidize, which can have an undesirable affect on the oils taste, and nutrient profile.
May improve your skin
Coconut oil has shown to help moisturise dry and damaged skin. It has also been shown to be beneficial for relieving eczema symptoms when applied topically.
We are proud to use only the best certified-organic, virgin coconut oil in our Organic Vegetarian Falafels. Our coconut oil is sustainably sourced from Papanu Guinea and is:
- Low in food miles – it has travelled less food miles than any other type of coconut oil in Australia.
- Cold pressed and cholesterol free
- Raw, and 100% organic
- Wild harvested, and sustainably sourced
- Free from preservatives and additives
- Fair trade – the coconut oil is hand finished on site by the Tolai peoples of Gunanur, Napapar and Vungogo villages in Papanu Guinea. It supports the local industry and community.
- Unrefined, and fresh from the shell to preserve the natural nutritive essence.