Where to get Coconut Oil?

For ages coconut oil has been serving the populace of different continents as moisturizer, medicine, cooking oil, and hair treatment. It has gained momentum of late in North America, as many health professionals and subject experts stood in support of its great and myriads of health benefits.

Now the most important thing is where to get coconut oil? Some of you may be quite unaware where to get coconut oil from! Let’s have a quick overview on those places from where pure coconut oil can be fetched.

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Benefits of Coconut Milk

Like coconut oil and coconut water, coconut milk is another common product made using coconut. Coconut milk generally confused with coconut water. Coconut water is the naturally occurring water inside a coconut while coconut milk is a "manufactured" product.   Coconut milk is produced using flesh of coconut (grated), mixing it with water and then squeezing it to extract the pulp from it, the remaining liquid is called coconut milk. Another difference between coconut water and coconut milk is that of colour. While coconut water is almost clear, coconut milk is white in colour as normal dairy milk we consume.

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How to Buy a Good Coconut?

Getting whole and unopened coconut is not difficult as they are easily available at the grocery stores. Rather getting a fresh and unmolded coconut takes a little detective work!

As not all the coconuts which are available at the grocery stores are good to eat, especially if one buys an imported coconut there is higher probability that the taste might not be as good and fresh  coconut.  This is because coconut is a tropical fruit and is other countries import  coconut from tropical nations. As this involves shipping the coconuts to long distances, it sometimes take lot of time to reach to the end consumer. The wear and tear during the journey can also damage  the coconut shell. Thus, be cautious while buying a coconut as not all are of great quality.

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Coconut Oil Benefits

Donning the scientific name as Cocos nucifera, coconut oil is packed with myriads of benefits as it is rich in fiber, nutritional properties, pulp, milk and oil.  Its oil is immensely popular, especially in Asian countries for its multiple usages. The fat found in coconut oil is entirely distinct from other fat content found in different other oils and it is equipped with lot of healthy components.  Due to coconut oil benefits it has been proclaimed as "the healthiest oil on earth."  What else you can expect to establish its uniqueness and health benefits?

In several coastal areas and islands, coconut is consumed and considered as staple food. Most importantly, almost one third of global population relies on coconut to an extent for their food and economic growth. This illuminates its long cherished history among these people.

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Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the liquid stored inside a fresh coconut. Many people confuse coconut water with coconut milk, but they are not same. Coconut water is a relatively clear liquid (not white), it is sweet in taste with a mild flavour. Coconut water is found both in green coconuts (immature) and brown (mature) ones but green coconut water is much tastier and fresh and thus should be preferred. If you visit any tropical country or island you will find drinking coconut water is part of everyday life to keep healthy. In past it was tough to get coconut water in countries where coconut is not grown but today coconut water is available in tetra pack / bottles in most countries.

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Coconut Oil for Skin

Coconut oil has been used since ancient times for various skin related issues. It has been known to keep skin smooth and soft. It has been used in many regions such as Southern parts of India, Sri Lanka, etc. It is also considered to be the beauty secret of Polynesian women who despite facing harsh sunlight have beautiful skin.

Coconut oil is great for skin because of many reasons, first and foremost it is natural and free from toxic chemicals (in most cases), its small molecular structure is easy to absorb by the skin and it has natural creamy texture too. It is because of all these properties coconut oil is used for various skin ailments (dryness, rashes, wrinkles, etc.), it is used in soaps, shampoos and conditioners. It is even used as lip balm!

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Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

Last few decades have seen dramatic rise in population of overweight and obese people around the world especially in developed countries such as US, UK, Germany, etc. Blame it on the type of diet or change in lifestyle more people are obese today than anytime in human history. In United States almost 25% of young population is obese, an astonishing figure, and above 50% of total population is overweight.

Why bother about obesity?  Obesity can lead to many health issues, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, respiratory issues, hypertension, to name a few.  Obesity around the world is also a major cause of early death.  Thus overweight and obesity is a major problem for each and every one and should be tackled properly.

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What is Pure Coconut Oil?

Pure coconut oil has earned a name as a great health remedy for host of diseases and it is popular for its sweet fragrance, taste, medium chain fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. The usages of pure coconut oil are diverse and the oil is found in almost all continents. Pure coconut oil is facilitated as edible oil along with other industrial and external applications. Majority of people are well aware of the uses, benefits and sources of pure coconut oil also. Let’s have a closer look on the characteristics of pure coconut oil, its impure forms and the ways to find out pure coconut oil along with its usages and benefits!

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Coconut Oil for Hair

If you have been to southern parts of India or Sri Lanka you must have noticed thick, black, long and shiny hair (see the picture, notice how thick, shiny and black the hair are!). Even old people are not bald and many of them even have black hair till age of 60 or 70! Research has shown than the primary reason for the same is a coconut rich diet. 

Coconut is used in various forms in these regions. Coconut oil is used for cooking and for hair care. Coconut meat is used for cooking recipes / gravies. Coconut water is used for quenching thirst. This coconut rich diet is the primary reason for excellent condition of their hair.

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What is Organic Coconut Oil?

Organic Coconut Oil earned its name due to organic extraction mechanism that is used to process it. The coconuts which are grown and packed organically are considered to be organic coconut. This means coconuts which are grown without using any chemical fertilizers or any kind of pesticides are organically grown coconut and the oil extracted from such coconuts are called organic coconut oil. Practically and naturally such coconuts take much longer time to grow compared to normal coconuts hence manufacturing of this oil is quite less compared to normal coconut oil.

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