What do we think at Gluten Free Cookies? We use the organic, raw, extra virgin coconut oil because of its health properties, which costs almost two times what other coconut oil costs. This oil minimizes the oxidation process. Oxidation causes inflammation. We feel that this is important to your health. Plus, coconut oil adds such a rich flavor to our cookies. To learn more, read below.
In the past, all saturated fats were thought to be bad for someone’s health. Many studies have proven the opposite. Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats, with almost 90% of the fatty acids being saturated.
Coconut oil does not contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in a steak or a piece of cheese. Coconut oil contains primarily medium chain triglycerides unlike most other saturated fats which are long chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids are different because they are processed differently in your body. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract where they are used as a quick energy source or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. It is instant fuel for the brain and helps rev up your metabolism.
Coconut oil is made up of the following:
- Saturated fatty acids: medium chain triglycerides in the form of lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, and palmitic acid.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linoleic acid.
- Monounsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid.
- Polyphenols: Gives coconut oil the taste and fragrance.
- Fatty acid derivatives: betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, polusorbates, monoglycerides, poly esters, and fatty esters.
- Fatty alcohols: Fatty alcohol sulfate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate.
- Vitamins: Vitamin K and Vitamin E.
- Minerals: Iron
Now that we got all the big words out of the way, let me tell you the benefits of this great oil.
In the past, it was thought that all saturated fats cause heart disease. Well, now we really know that the opposite is true. With more than 50% lauric acid, coconut oil has been found to prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure. One of the reasons that it is healthier than a polyunsaturated oil, like vegetable oil, is because it is not prone to oxidization. When oil oxidizes and we consume it, inflammation can increase in our bodies. Coconut oil has also been shown to reduce atherosclerosis (plaque damage to an artery causing the artery to reduce its size).
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial fats which have antifungal and antiviral effects as well, and hence, increases the positive action of our immune system. It has been especially efficient at controlling candida yeast, which can become a big issue to your overall health. Coconut oil is also reported to be effective at controlling certain viruses like influenza, measles and herpes. Some say that it can even control ringworm, thrush, diaper rash and athlete’s foot.
This oil has also been reported to help with weight loss and digestion issues. Medium chain fatty acids increase the metabolism by enhancing the function of the endocrine system and its hormone production. Digestive issues can be lessened by the antibacterial properties that also enhance digestion and absorption of fat soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K).
There are primarily 6 varieties of coconut oil:
Pure: Unprocessed and usually used for cosmetic and medical.
Refined: Processed and usually used for cosmetic and medical uses.
Virgin: From the primary pressing and used in foods.
Organic: Organic raised and used for a variety of uses.
Organic Virgin: Organic raised and from the first separation of the coconut.
Extra Virgin: The premium oil and uses wet-milling fermentation or centrifuge for extraction.
At Gluten Free Cookies we go above the listed coconut oil grades and use organic, raw, extra virgin coconut oil.