Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is known as the ‘milk’ of the Cocos Nucifera or Coconut, from which it is sourced. This was and remains a staple... Coconut oil is known as the ‘milk’ of the Cocos Nucifera or Coconut, from which it is sourced. This was and remains a staple food for several southern-pacific island populations, the majority of which are known for their remarkable health and longevity.

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    Big Food Organic Coconut Oil 500ml
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Coconut oil is known as the ‘milk’ of the Cocos Nucifera or Coconut, from which it is sourced. This was and remains a staple food for several southern-pacific island populations, the majority of which are known for their remarkable health and longevity.

 

Coconut oil has previously received negative impressions from the media, typically due to the high fat content it contains (>99% fat). This is not incorrect; the oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs). These MCTs however, have been shown to provide a range of health benefits when incorporated to an energy-balanced diet. In fact, a recent open-label study showed that when consumed in moderation, coconut oil may provide several benefits to skin vitality and weight management. 

 

Our 100% organic coconut oil is extracted from coconut without the use of any chemicals whatsoever. The creamy and delicious oil has a variety of uses such as cooking, teeth cleaning, as a spread and in baking. For some inspiration, check out these coconut oil recipes here!

 

Key health aspects of coconut oil 

Efficient energy

The MCT’s in coconut oil are easily digested and enter directly into the liver, where they are then circulated to the cells, because of their smaller structure, they can cross the cell membranes easier. Once in the cell, they can now be used to produce energy.

 

Rapid digestion

As mentioned, MCT’s rich in coconut oil are shorter in length, but also more soluble and are liquid at room temperature. What does this mean?

 


When MCT’s are ingested, they require less work and time to digest and absorb, compared to longer-chain fatty acids. This can help to reduce the contribution of carbohydrate storage (glycogen) which can help to delay the onset of fatigue.

 

Less storage of fat

Because the MCTs are rapidly available to produce energy, they may not be stored well in the body, and so are commonly used as replacements for other types of fat. It is for this reason, that many supplement with MCT’s when cutting weight and body fat.

 

Essential fatty acids 

Fats are essential nutrients, which means they are required for daily life. Apart from fats making up the majority of stored energy in the body, they are also essential for the absorption of micronutrients. Because of their high digestibility, MCT’s can, therefore, aid vitamin and mineral absorption in the intestine.

 

Sports and performance

When exercising for an extended period of time, our storage of carbohydrates becomes depleted. If we continue to exercise, our bodies make a transition to break down fats for the energy needed. While these fatty acids are richer and produce more energy than carbohydrates, it is a slower process.    

 

This is where MCT oil powder comes in! The smaller length chains are deposited directly in the bloodstream and are then broken down at a more rapid rate to provide energy. This is one of the reasons that many athletes are turning to MCT powder oil supplements.