Hindi Name: Nariyal ka thel
Coconut oil is edible oil extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts. Its uses are both internal and external and have various applications in the food and medicine industry. There are many varieties of coconut oil available in the market, varying mostly based on its preparation process. The dry processing requires the meat to be extracted from the shell and dried using fire or sunlight to create copra. The wet process uses raw coconut rather than dried copra, and the protein in the coconut creates an emulsion of oil and water. RBD or Refined, bleached and deodorized coconut oil is extracted using enzymes, solvents, bleaches and heat.
The uses of coconut oil are numerous; from hair oil to cream to shampoo the list of items using coconut oil is unlimited. It has many culinary uses as well. Coconut oil is used extensively in cooking vegetables and other dishes because some believe it is healthier for the heart compared to other oils. It is also used to make sweets and various bakery products. Some recipes add coconut oil for its coconut taste.
1. Coconut oil is filled with antioxidants which improves cardiovascular problems and the ageing of the skin.
2. It improves the heart health by reducing the cholesterol level in the body. It is for this reason why some people prefer it over regular oil.
3. It contains medium-chain fatty acids that speed up metabolism and convert food to energy faster.
4. According to some researchers coconut oil was found to offer pneumonia patients faster and more complete relief from symptoms.
5. It lowers risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels.
6. Coconut oil to helps prevent osteoporosis due to the presence of calcium and magnesium.
Did you know?
Coconut oil has a longer shelf life than most oils. Unlike other oils, it won't go rancid for years.