In recent times, there has been buzz around the world about virgin coconut oil (also known as VCO) and its various medical and day- to- day basis usages.
In the last couple of years, VCO has been a subject of interest for many doctors and scientist around the world for its chemical composition and miraculous effects on one’s health.
Philippines is one of the best source of virgin coconut oil and its popularity in the country is legendary. Trees of VCO are abundant and numerous applications of the parts, the fruit has the coconut kernel on which the coconut oil is extracted.
Why did coconut oil attract the attention of many health professionals, scientist and health conscious people? Well, not shocking because of the chemical content. It simply high in saturated fat that slows to oxidize and, thus, resistance to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling and it is rich in Lauric Acid. According to studies, Lauric Acid is an essential fatty acid that is only found in high concentrations in mother’s milk. When taken internally it will turn into a compound known as Monolaurin. This compound is believed to fight viral pathogens and thus, protects the body from bacterial infections, viral and parasites. Coconut oil also causes the metabolic rate to increase, hence helps reduce weight and is safe for diabetics. Recent studies have shown that not all high saturated fats are the same. The medium chain triglycerides of which virgin coconut oils is classified does not elevate bad cholesterol in our body compared to other polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as canola and sunflower oil.
Did you know that eating one uncooked coconut is equivalent to taking three to four tablespoon of virgin coconut oil? Eating it every day would give health benefits, nutrition and medicinal properties. There were 200+ known Medical usage of VCO according to the Health Library site, thus, taking in this very powerful oil makes you healthy and versatile from inside out. It is natural and the produce is abundant therefore rich and poor enjoys the presence of it in the country. Not to mention but many sidewalk vendors have them sold for a very minimal price especially during summer when the sun heats up to its hottest blow.
What part of the country produces vast supply of coconut oil?
The leading coconut producer and exporter nations are Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malysia. Historically, the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions of Luzon and the Eastern Visayas were the centers of coconut production. In the 1980’s, Western Mindanao and Southern Mindanao also became important coconut – growing regions. Based on the country’s Coconut Authority of the Department of Agriculture:
of the 12 million hectare of farmlands
3.1 million hectares is devoted to coconut industry 68 out of 79 are coconut areas
there are 3.5 million coconut farmers in the country
25 million Filipinos are directly dependent on the industry
59% share in the world coconut exports.
While VCO is getting global reputation as the healthiest and versatile oil in the world, it is still vital to maintain a healthy life style, eat the right kind of food and balanced diet, and drink lots of water and exercise regularly.