Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil
Quite often on most health sites, forums and debates, everyone asks one major question —
‘Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil – Which Is Best To Consume!’
We are sure you have the same question in your mind- should one use cold pressed coconut oil or should one opt for the organic touch, let’s find out!
Let’s clear the air
The air needs to be cleared on whether the coconut oil we use for consumption and cooking, should be refined or unrefined! The opinions out there are half and half, but what does medical science say?
According to an article in the New York Times:
“Partial hydrogenation creates dreaded trans fats. It also destroys many of the good essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other positive components present in virgin coconut oil. And while it’s true that most of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated, opinions are changing on whether saturated fats are the arterial villains they were made out to be. “I think we in the nutrition field are beginning to say that saturated fats are not so bad, and the evidence that said they were is not so strong,” Dr. Brenna said.”
So does that means, unrefined oil wins the saga here? Maybe yes and maybe not, this is an assumption based thought. There are still many that choose to use refined coconut oil after weighing the pros and cons of the same. For a better understanding, let’s take a look at the pros and cons, shall we?
The fat content
Amongst the many benefits of using coconut oil, one of it most needed would be the fatty acid composition in it. The oil when unrefined is a house of very high levels of medium chain saturated fatty acids. Thus helping the body naturally fight inflammation. Inflammation happens when there are too many polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the body. Medium chain saturated fats are great to fight pesky bacteria in the body with, viruses and even fungi too. And the best part is, they can be easily digested as well.
This however doesn’t mean that unrefined coconut oil has a better fatty acid level than that of refined coconut oil! Experts say it is the same.
What is in the coconut meat!
The oil comes from the meat of the coconut, which has the following-
These five are what we get in unrefined oils, however, most of them are filtered out when the coconut oil is made. So whether it is virgin or refined, you would have the same amount in most cases.
Experts and studies show that flavour is more practical with refined than unrefined coconut oil. Flavorless coconut oil helps blend into the dish we make, much more than what naturally flavoured coconut oil can help with. Unless you are born eating unrefined coconut oil in foods made at home or around where you live, chances are you wouldn’t fancy the natural taste of coconut oil in everything you munch.
Helps better with digestion
Digestion and allergies are part and parcel of the human system, and we all fail at it at some point in life. Experts say unrefined oil only adds to the woes of the two. This is because coconut solids have allergenic compounds in them, whereas the same have been removed in refined oil- making it flavourless and odourless! Refined oils for some doesn’t make the stomach churn and pain; as what would happen to the same individual when unrefined versions are cooked with.
Disclaimer: We are no one to judge what oil is best for you, which is why speaking to a health expert or a nutritionist can be of help. Their words would take precedence over what is written here.
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