Healthy Food Database

Coconut Oil
Unlike other forms of saturated fat (which are typically made up long chain fatty acids), coconut oil is made up of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). It is thought that the body converts MCFAs into energy that will be used straight away rather than them being stored as fat (stored energy). If you're looking after your cholesterol level you may be interested in knowing that coconut oil has been found to be a better alternative than butter and hydrogenated fat. It has a sweet taste and is delicious in curries.
Some people take coconut oil on its own as they believe it is good for the skin and helps reduce sweet cravings.
Category: Oils and Fats
In Season: all year
To Buy:
Buy the best quality oil from a health food store or reputable delicatessen.
To Store:
Store in a cool, dry and dark environment in a tightly sealed bottle. After opening, it can be refrigerated or stored at cool room temperature. The oil may begin to solidify at temperatures below 26 degrees C.
Tips & Tricks:
There are a few forms of coconut oil - made from the white flesh of the coconut, but it's important to note that the health properties of coconut oil only apply to extra virgin coconut oil produced through a low heat process from freshly harvested coconuts.
Cooking Tips:

Nutrition per 1 Tablespoon:

Energy (kJ):
Protein (g):
Saturated Fat, g :
Very high
Carbohydrates, g:
Fat (g):

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Digestive Disorders
Thyroid Underactive
High Blood Cholesterol
Intestinal Worms & Parasites
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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