How much facts do you know about virgin coconut oil? Before you ever begin your first drop of virgin coconut oil to reap its health benefits, it's good to learn about some hard facts about this health-promoting food to avoid some common misunderstandings.
1. Cloudy at Certain Temperatures
Below 76 °F (24 °C), virgin coconut oil will turn cloudy. As the temperature falls even further, it'll start to harden and form solid chunks. This occurs because virgin coconut oil contains some fatty acids (like lauric, myristic and stearic acids) that have high melting point.
So, do not get alarmed and thought that the oil has become moldy and gone rancid.
2. Not Artery Clogging
Just because it turns solid in fridge doesn't mean it'll harden inside our body and clog our arteries. This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard from people who are so bias against virgin coconut oil and refuse to accept the fact that it provides health benefits.
Think about this, our body operates at 98.6 °F (37 °C) and virgin coconut oil begins to solidify below 76 °F (24 °C), how can it easily harden inside our body when our body is so warm.
It actually remains in liquid form throughout the entire digestive process and to top it off, it gets digested quickly and burned off as energy before it even gets a chance to clog our arteries. Fact.
3. Trigger Diarrhea-Like Symptoms
You may experience frequent bowel movements when you take too much virgin coconut oil. This is due to its detoxifying medium-chain compounds that stimulate your bowels.
Don't stop taking virgin coconut oil just because it gives you the runs. This is good for you actually as it helps to cleanse your body of toxic waste via bowel movements. But if you're not used to having so many bowel movements in a day, then don't take too much in one sitting. Spread the dosage over the day and increase your intake of the oil progressively.
4. Cause "Acne" Breakout
Applying virgin coconut oil to your skin may draw toxins up to the surface of your skin, making your skin look as though it is suffering from an acne breakout. This largely depends on how much toxins you have amassed beneath your skin over the years. The more toxins you have, the more severe the so-called "acne breakout" will be.
If you don't want to experience acne breakout with virgin coconut oil, adjust your diet from more meat to more vegetables, and from more processed food to more whole food.
5. Sediment at Bottom
Virgin coconut oil, in some cases, may have soft and foggy sediment settling to the bottom of the container after hours of standing. This is not some sort of contamination with impurities. It actually is a sign of good quality. I call this sediment the "Mother" of virgin coconut oil, which holds the essence that gives the oil a stronger aroma and greater health benefits.
A shame is that some companies do not recognize this essence and try to filter it off as much as they can, clipping its health benefits.
6. Molds on Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil fights and kills molds, right? But you might be stunned to see them "spawning" molds when you open some containers especially when these containers have not been well kept and properly handled. Why?
Virgin coconut oil (in fact, all types of coconut oil) will only be empowered with the ability to fight and kill molds and other super germs when it gets in touch with the enzymes in our body. In other words, it is completely useless against molds, fungi, bacteria, viruses and other germs when it does not "meet up" with enzymes.
It is due to the presence of these microbes that turns virgin coconut oil rancid, which may smell awful like vomit or something disgusting.
7. Coconut Odor
Because it is extracted under a low-temperature condition, most if not all virgin coconut oil will possess its natural distinctive coconut odor. But due to the way it is manufactured and the quality of coconut it is extracted from, it may smell and taste mildly or strongly coconut-y. If you're like some people who simply do not like the intrinsic odor that virgin coconut oil possesses, then virgin coconut oil is not for you.