Credé Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 250ml
Credé Organic Coconut Oil - Certified Organic
Ingredients: Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil
Endorsements: Halaal, Kosher, Certified Organic by Lacon
Credé has both virgin and refined (odourless) coconut oils. The refined coconut oil has been refined entirely without the use of chemicals. The crude oil is filtered, then bleached using bleaching clay (which is filtered out) and then steam-treated to remove any further impurities (this process removes the coconut smell as well).
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is pressed from the white meat of the coconut. There are two types of coconut oil:
Virgin coconut oil is pressed from the fresh meat of raw coconuts. It is cold-pressed and filtered and retains the classic ‘coconut’ smell as well as many micronutrients in the oil.
Refined coconut oil is pressed from dried coconut meat (copra) and is almost always refined before human consumption. During the process of refining, much of the original coconut taste is removed, along with some of the micronutrients. Because copra is a cheaper raw material, refined coconut oil is also typically a lot less expensive than virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is rich in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid (about 50%) and myristic acid (about 20%). These fatty acids are so-called ‘medium-chain triglycerides’ (MCTs) because they are shorter molecules than the saturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils and animal fats. This explains why coconut oil has a better health profile than its high content of saturated fats would suggest.
Cooking with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great cooking oil because of its stability at high temperatures. When oils are heated, they begin a process of oxidation and polymerisation that can lead to harmful by-products such as aldehydes. The advantage of coconut oil is that it consists mostly of (healthy) saturated fats, which are more stable at high temperatures than mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. This makes frying with coconut oil a safer option.
Other uses of Coconut Oil
Beauty – you can use coconut oil on your body (including your face) after a shower - used regularly, it lightens age spots, moisturises the skin and improve tone and texture. Coconut oil can also be used as a hair and scalp conditioner and rubbed on feet to make them soft and help remove cracked and dry skin on heels.
Health - Coconut oil can help to heal a skin rash or insect bite. Also use it for eczema, psoriasis and yeast infections. Use coconut oil for oil pulling, an ancient dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for about 20 minutes daily to draw out toxins in your body, improve oral health and as a general health tonic.