Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MFO Gift Guide: Use Your Coconut, Part 4

With all this talk about Laurin CocoMCT®, friends ask me:

How is the most valuable portion of coconut oil extracted, to make Laurin CocoMCT®?

So I got the answer straight from Mr. Jun Lao of Chemrez, himself. He says the process is quite long and technical, but to explain it simply, they "utilize four separate manufacturing locations to be able to separate the MCT from the long chain triglycerides".

They employ proprietary processes to make CocoMCT. The basic process involves:

1) breaking down coconut oil into fatty acids and glycerin
2) Removing the unhealthy long chain fatty acids (LCFA) to isolate the medium chain fatty acids (MCFA)
3) attaching the glycerin back to the MCFA to create medium chain triglycerides

With that explained, let's move on to who else we can give Laurin to ;)

9. Kitchen Diva

As mentioned earlier, we can use coconut oil when baking, in place of butter, shortening and oil in most (if not all) recipes.

Light & flavor-free, Laurin® is also perfect for salad dressings.

Laurin may be used for making mayo, drizzling on popcorn, etc.  After all, it is the healthiest alternative in the kitchen. It is excellent for frying, giving crispness and sealing in flavours.

In fact, here's a recipe for Coconut Mayonnaise that I got from their website. I'll give it a try and let you know how that turns out.

10. Uncle or Grandparent with High Cholesterol

Various research have proven that medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are beneficial to heart health and help lower high blood pressure. This is because it increases HDL (good cholesterol) and helps regulate LDL (bad cholesterol) to lessen plaque build up.

Dr. Mark Hyman of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine and The UltraWellness Center makes a case for coconut MCT backed up by numerous research, as he answers the question Is Coconut Oil Bad for your Cholesterol?.

"While research shows coconut oil contains higher amounts of saturated fat and does increase total cholesterol, those amounts do not increase your heart attack or stroke risk. 
In fact, one study among lean, heart disease- and stroke-free Pacific Islanders who consumed up to 63 percent of their calories from coconut fat found total cholesterol rose but so did their “good” HDL. 
Other studies found lipid profiles improve on high-fat diets containing coconut oil. Researchers concluded it wasn’t saturated fat from coconuts that negatively impacted cholesterol profile. Instead, the coconut oil’s overall effect raised HDL while lowering triglycerides and small LDL cholesterol particles, which is definitely a good thing."

Incidentally, CocoMCT is great for Alzheimer's too, and for increasing mental alertness and we'll delve into that and the other cognitive benefits of MCT another time. In effect, CocoMCT is great for seniors. That's why even if my Dad is healthy for his age, I gave him a bottle of Laurin for Christmas, for his overall health and wellness.

11. The Pet Owner

CocoMCT is safe to be ingested by pets for better digestion, and just as effective in keeping pet hair shiny and brushing their teeth with. Unlike some foods that are only fit for human consumption, CocoMCT is one of those human foods that's good for both carer and pet!

via Pinterest

12. For the One Who Has Everything

Ahhhh, the One Who Has Everything. Time and again, it's been a question that has been often asked but never fully answered in my opinion. Until now. Because my answer is - CocoMCT. Of course!

Said recipient will find plenty of uses for your present, she won’t want to re-gift it.

Enough said.

P.S. What should have been a single blog post had to be split up into four. Really, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to uses for CocoMCT®, so just trust me when I say, this is a gift that will keep on giving!

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