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Coconut Oil May Just Help You

Coconut oil, also known as copra oil, is an edible oil that derives from the kernel or meat of coconuts.  With a wide range of uses - largely due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties - coconut oil has become very popular in recent years. In addition to being a super food, users swear by it for everything from health and wellness to utilizing it as a diverse beauty product.

Ironically, the rise in popularity of coconut oil may have been impeded by our own country's own health initiatives. Back in the 1970s, in an effort to address a growing epidemic of obesity and heart disease, Americans were advised to switch our diets from red meats, full-fat dairy and eggs with new, 'healthier ' diets containing low-fat foods. With its 90 percent fat content, coconut oil was not making its way into many Americans homes or lifestyles!

Because of its naturally occurring, non-hydrogenated fats, coconut oil has quickly been dubbed a "miracle oil" for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties, and its metabolism-boosting benefits. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the coconut oil industry has had an impressive 33% increase in production worldwide from 2005-2010.

The most popular and superior variety of coconut oil is an unrefined, organic, virgin style, which is made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut using mechanical means without the addition of any chemicals.

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