What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from the flesh of mature coconuts and is a flavourful, healthy cooking oil used around the world.
How long does coconut oil stay fresh?
Coconut Oil has a shelf life of approximately two years.
How should I store coconut oil after opening?
Coconut oil can be stored either at room temperature or in the fridge; even if the product becomes liquid, it will not spoil. Storing coconut oil at room temperature allows the oil to be spread and scooped more easily.
What is the melting point of coconut oil?
The melting point of coconut oil is 24˚C (76˚F) and therefore your product may turn to liquid if kept at room temperature, but this is not a problem. Even transitioning between solid and liquid multiple times will not affect the freshness of the coconut oil.
How is coconut oil made?
After the flesh has been removed from the husk, it is moistened with water and pressed to release coconut milk and coconut oil which naturally separate.
How much coconut oil should I take each day?
It is generally recommended that to get the most benefit from coconut oil you should consume approximately 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil each day as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Why is it important to include coconut oil in your diet?
Coconut oil is full of important fats called medium-chain triglycerides, which are a healthy source of energy. Coconut oil also has a very high smoke point, meaning that toxic fumes and free radicals that cause oxidative damage are not released, as with sunflower oil.
How is coconut oil beneficial in sport?
Coconut oil has many benefits for athletes and those leading an active and healthy lifestyle. It easily replaces any other oil used in your diet to provide a healthy, easily available source of energy that is perfect to incorporate into your preparation for race or match day. The antiviral qualities of coconut oil help fight infections, which are more common when your body has been put under physical stress.
How can I best use coconut oil to help me in my sport?
Coconut oil is really easy to cook with and goes well with protein powder to create protein brownies or pancakes. Or if you like a coffee beforehand, stir a teaspoon of coconut oil into it to bring out a lovely taste and also the many health benefits.
Why is coconut oil the best oil to use in cooking?
Coconut oil has a flash point or smoke point of 177°C, which is the temperature at which the oil begins to smoke and release harmful free radicals and toxic fumes.
This means it is suitable for most everyday cooking (unless you are searing meat) and use on salads. Coconut oil also is packed with healthy fats that help fight infection.
How much energy is in one serving of coconut oil?
In one 5g (teaspoon) serving of coconut oil, there are 45kcal
What is the best way to use coconut oil?
Coconut Oil has a huge, varied range of uses. When used for cooking, coconut oil is an ideal replacement for butter or other oils. It can also be stirred into porridge, smoothies or soups.
How can I use coconut oil for energy in sport?
Coconut is one of the only fats that can be used directly as energy and is therefore very useful for people taking part in endurance events as it provides a concentrated source of energy whilst sparing glycogen. Coconut Oil can be taken as it is or in smoothies for an energy boost.
What are the differences between coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water?
Coconut water comes from the centre of young, immature coconuts when they are initially cracked open.
The liquid in the centre of the coconut is sweet, light and can be drunk straight away.
Once the coconut matures there is very little coconut water left in the fruit as the white flesh of the coconut develops.
The thick, creamy liquid that can be extracted from the coconut flesh is the coconut milk.
Coconut Oil is the result of moistening the flesh of the coconut and compressing it to release the oil.
Is Pura Coconut Oil suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes, Pura coconut oil is perfectly suitable for anyone following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Is Pura Coconut Oil Kosher and Halal?
Yes, Pura Coconut Oil is certified Halal and Kosher.
Is Pura Coconut Oil gluten and dairy free?
Yes, Pura Coconut Oil is completely suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets. It is also free of all traces of soya and animal products, meaning it is suitable for vegans.
Does Pura Coconut oil contain GM ingredients?
Pura Coconut Oil is totally free from all GM/GMO ingredients
Is Coconut Oil suitable as a skin moisturiser and hair conditioner?
Yes, people have used Coconut Oil as a skin moisturiser and hair conditioner for many years. It has excellent soothing properties for the skin and aids hair hydration.
How do you apply coconut oil to your hair and skin?
For use on skin, spread warm coconut oil evenly across your face & body allowing it to be absorbed for up to 5 minutes before gently removing excess oil with a warm facecloth.
To condition your hair, use up to 3/4 times per week. Spread evenly across the tips of your hair avoiding scalp unless your hair is particularly dry. Allow the coconut oil to condition your hair for at least 2 hours before rinsing thoroughly. Do not leave for more than 24 hours.
Is coconut oil good for acne?
Many people use coconut oil to provide a natural treatment for acne due to the antimicrobial benefits when applied topically to skin.
Is Pura coconut oil hydrogenated?
No, Pura coconut oil is never hydrogenated as this would destroy the beneficial properties contained in the trace elements in the oil.
What are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs)?
Medium-chain triglycerides are types of fatty acid with a tail of 6 -12 carbon atoms. MCTs can help the body burn calories, promote fat oxidation and provide a source of energy that the body can easily metabolise.
What are healthy fats?
Fats in the human diet come mainly in 4 categories: Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, Trans and Saturated.
Monounsaturated fats can help insulin resistance and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) include omega 3 and can lower risk of heart attacks.
Trans Fats have been shown to increase risk of cardiovascular problems and are caused by the hydrogenation of oils. They also increase LDL cholesterol and reduce HDL (good) cholesterol.
Saturated Fats (SFAs) are the most complicated group. SFAs that are rich in Myristic and Palmitic Acid (like Cheese and Palm Oil, respectively) can raise LDL and serum cholesterol levels but SFAs rich in Lauric Acid (like Coconut Oil) are actually beneficial to reducing LDL cholesterol and raising HDL cholesterol.
How does coconut oil aid weight loss?
The potential weight loss benefits of coconut oil come from the high levels of MCTs. Just by taking 15-30 grams (1-2 tablespoons) of coconut oil per day can increase energy expenditure by 5%.
Can you use coconut oil for deep frying?
Coconut oil is suitable for deep frying due to its relatively high smoke point. Avoid using vegetable oil.
Can you freeze coconut oil?
Coconut oil is suitable for freezing although this may alter the taste somewhat. It also extends the shelf life.
Is coconut oil affected by warm weather?
Coconut oil will naturally start to melt and go clear at around 24 C (76 F). This is not a problem and it is perfectly fine to consume. It will naturally go back to its hardened state when stored in a cooler place, if that is desired.
Is Pura Coconut Oil suitable for someone with a nut allergy?
Yes, Pura coconut oil is certified nut-free. Coconuts, despite their name, are actually a kind of fruit called a droop.
Should you warm up coconut oil in the microwave?
You can warm up coconut oil in the microwave without any fear of it exploding, however, it will denature certain trace elements in the oil which are the source of so many health benefits.