I’ve talked before about the health benefits of using the right oil in your cooking. And also talked about the fact that now I’m using coconut oil.
(I must admit that I’m not using coconut oil for every meal, it’s extremely expensive. For instance I’m still using rice bran oil for my roast potatoes, it just takes too much oil to cook roast potatoes).
I’ve been reading a little more about coconut oil and found some good advice about which coconut oil to buy.
The way the oil is extracted, and of course this applies to any oil, not just coconut oil, is extremely important. I’ve read all sorts of nasty things about how they extract oil. For instance I’ve read, though I don’t know if it’s true, that dry-cleaning fluid can be used to extract oil from olives. It might be an old wives tale though.
However there is no doubt that the way the oil is extracted is important, because the method of extraction changes the quality of the oil. I know a lot of oil, including olive oil, is extracted using heat, and I know that the heat will change the quality of the oil.
The best oil, and this applies to all oils, not just coconut oil, is coldpressed. In other words the olive, or the coconut or whatever it is that will produce the oil is simply pressed between two surfaces and the oil extracted under pressure. No heat is used and therefore no heat can affect the quality of the oil. No chemicals or anything else are used.
In fact I’ve been reading lately that olive oil, when exposed to heat, can go off, or in other words can go rancid.
So remember when you’re buying your coconut oil look for coldpressed coconut oil. Organic is even better, though it’s expensive.
I’ve also been reading more about the health benefits of coconut oil. I’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, and I’ve read recently that coconut oil has no bad effect on cholesterol, in other words it won’t raise my cholesterol, and it also has medium-chain fatty acids which are said to lower cholesterol and reduced the risk of heart disease.
As well as that coconut oil is supposed to help you reduce your weight, and whilst I’m not obese it wouldn’t hurt if I lost a little weight.
So whilst I started using coconut oil a while ago I’ve continued doing so. I have to bite the bullet every time I buy some because it’s so expensive, but I figure it’s worth it. After all your health is important and if I have to spend a little more from time to time buying the right oil so be it.