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Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil – Which Is Best?

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!

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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?

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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?

refined coconut oil vs unrefined coconut oil

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.

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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-

  1. 17 amino acids
  2. B vitamins
  3. Potassium
  4. Iron
  5. Fibre

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.

Taste wise

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.

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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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Low Carb Coconut Milk Green Smoothie

Coconut Milk Green Smoothie

Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten free

After a lot of struggle for trying to stay low carb with the easily available ingredients, I have finally prepared my green smoothie which is just perfect for breakfast as well as evening snack.

After doing Non Vegetarian version of Low carb diet I finally got sick of meats so thought of making vegetarian work for me. This is when I realized that I have homemade frozen coconut milk in freezer… Oh!let me share a secret here, I love to preserve food items. I do it in the form of pickles and frozen.

Some time back I had written a post on how to preserve fresh vegetables… Read here. I love to keep my freezer loaded with green purees, shelled peas, frozen bananas and now the latest craze is to make coconut milk at home and freeze in ice trays for future use.frozen coconut milk cubes

So what I had done, that when I got some real cheap fresh coconuts, I just…

  • grated them
  • blended well with warm water in mixer grinder
  • squeezed well the pulp
  • and froze coconut milk in ice trays in the freezer.
  • Once frozen I just stored the cubes in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

If you are a vegan, or on a low carb diet then these coconut milk cubes are going to be a manna from heaven for you.

Now coming back to my green smoothie…..

Low carb vegan green smoothie ingredients

Low carb vegan green smoothie ingredients

As it’s pretty clear in the picture that I used….

  • 50 gm fresh spinach,
  • 6 almonds
  • 2 tsp Methi sprouts
  • 100 gm cucumber pieces
  • 5 small frozen coconut milk cubes

Just blend everything with some water, salt and black pepper. When you pour the smoothie in tumbler add a dash of lemon juice. On top sprinkle a tsp of chia or flax seeds (I used Chia seeds)

This whole recipe is less than 200 calorie with around 4 Net carbs…Just have a boiled egg and you will be good to go for the day. Perfect breakfast.

Coconut Milk Green Smoothie

coconut milk green smoothie

I am going to add some variations like add Mung sprouts, a bit of apple or may be a few berries… What do you plan to add in it… do share…

Love all and have a healthy life.

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Recipe: Quick Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Coconut Sauce

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Savory and succulent, these Thai-style chicken skewers are quick to make and loaded with umami. Marinated in a creamy peanut coconut sauce, these skewers require little prep and can be paired with rice for an easy and healthy weeknight meal.

Quick Thai Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

  • 12 wooden or metal skewers
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium, reduced sugar peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste or Sriracha
  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts, each cut into 3 strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Directions

If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.

Combine peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce and Sriracha in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, just until smooth and well-blended.

Thread chicken evenly on skewers. Brush peanut mixture over chicken. Let marinate 10 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat broiler to high or grill to medium-high. Broil chicken 8–10 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4 |  Serving Size: 3 skewers

Per serving: Calories: 205; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 68mg; Sodium: 244mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 26g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 382mg; Iron: 8%; Vitamin A: 3%; Vitamin C: 3%; Calcium: 2%

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies

The Healthy Maven‘s sweet, crunchy coconut oatmeal lace cookies are made using only simple ingredients such as rolled oats and unsweetened coconut flakes. Turn this sweet treat into a quick nutritious breakfast by crumbling it on top of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt served with a side of fresh fruit.

Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oat flour (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a large bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, coconut flakes, baking powder, salt and spices.

In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.

Using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop dough and place on lined baking sheet. Form into a small ball and flatten slightly with hand. They spread a lot so only use 1 teaspoon!

Repeat for 12 cookies per sheet (will take 6 cookie sheets for whole recipe).

Bake for 5 minutes. Watch carefully as they burn quickly.

Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for at least 2 minutes (do not try to remove before then).

Remove from baking sheet using a spatula and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Will keep for several days on counter in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 8 |  Serving Size: 9 cookies

Per serving: Calories: 184; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 97mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 2g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 29mg; Iron: 4%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 0%; Calcium: 1% 

healthy-maven-headshotDavida is a healthy living blogger behind The Healthy Maven, where she writes about healthy food, fitness and her insatiable sweet tooth. She aims to create delicious recipes that are healthy, gluten-free and filled with good-for-you ingredients but still taste as authentic as the originals. It’s not rare that she’ll throw spinach in her brownies! Check out more of her recipes on her blog and follow her on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Davida Kugelmass. Recipe originally posted on The Healthy Maven.

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