Tropical Traditions Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil

At TWIHW we offer one of the best coconut oils in the marketplace today. Tropical Traditions Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is processed through an old tradition of physical refining using an expeller pressed mechanical extraction and a steam deodorizing process. 1 Many, less expensive coconut oils are made from moldy, old coconuts, called copra, 2 which are processed using chemicals such as hexane, to remove the mold and odor of coconut. Tropical Traditions does not use these solvent extracts and makes their oil from certified organic coconuts that have not been treated with chemicals or fertilizers.  Additionally, they are certified non-GMO. As a result of this extraction method, the resulting coconut oil does not have a strong odor and taste of fresh coconuts, making it a perfect oil for food preparation.  This coconut oil is liquid above 76°F and solid below that temperature, so it is not uncommon for coconut oil to be totally liquid or totally solid and anywhere in between, depending on the temperature of your home. As a saturated fat, it can withstand medium and medium high temperatures for cooking stove top while at the same time offering healthy nutritional benefits and mild flavor.

Nutritionally, coconut oil is high in a medium chain fatty acid, namely lauric acid, which converts easily to monolaurin in the human body 3. Monolaurin is found in mother’s breast milk and strengthens a baby’s immune system. Monolaurin works in and on the body as an antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial, thus helping the body to fight against harmful bacteria, fungus and other pathogenic microbes. This medium chain fatty acid, unlike long chained fatty acids, have been shown to have no negative impact on triglyceride and cholesterol levels 4 and in fact, offers many favorable benefits.  Coconut oil is also full of balanced electrolytes helping to support a balanced pH and muscle function in the body. The meat of coconut is one of the healthiest options for a nutrient dense, higher fiber food,
helping to provide satiation and regularity. Coconuts also offer high levels of manganese, potassium and phosphorus.

Our coconut oil can be used for many uses beyond cooking, including as a base for homemade toothpaste (oil-pulling), deodorant, make-up remover and other cosmetic uses as well as many other household uses. A foremost thinker on coconut oil is Bruce Fife, ND., a nutritionist and naturopathic physician. He has researched and written numerous books on the benefits and uses of coconut oil and is a great resource to learn more on this topic.

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[1] https://healthytraditions.com/about/

[2] https://www.noble-house.tk/en/products/food/conventional-fats/extra-virgin-organic-coconut-oil/copra

[3] https://foodfacts.mercola.com/coconut.html

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4878196

By |2018-09-05T11:01:01+00:00August 22nd, 2018|General|

Oil Pulling for Dental Health

A Number of Benefits with Oil Pulling!cat swishing

Oil Pulling has been around for centuries, but might be better understood if it were called Oil Swishing.  It is a very simple procedure of putting a well-chosen oil in your mouth and swishing the oil around like mouthwash for 5 to 20 minutes, the purpose being to trap germs, toxins, and plaque in the oil and then to spit the oil out, leaving your mouth cleaner, fresher and in good health. It can even whiten your teeth.  The most commonly recommended oil is coconut oil, known for its antimicrobial effects, although sesame, sunflower, and olive oils are also often suggested.  It is suggested that coconut oil kills the bacteria that causes cavities and possibly gum disease, though there are more positive comments and experience of users to validate it than scientific research at this time.  Here’s how to perform oil pulling:

  • Select an organic, raw or cold pressed coconut oil.
  • You can soften ½ cup of oil by putting it in a jar, then place the jar in warm water, add 10-20 drops of clove or peppermint essential oil and then pour into silicone bite-sized candy molds and freeze or refrigerate.  These can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator and one can be used every day for oil swishing.
  • Another option is to place 2 to 3 tsp of coconut oil in the mouth.  It melts immediately. Swish for 5 to 20 minutes, then be sure to spit it out rather than swallow it, as it will be full of germs, toxins, and plaque.
  • You may want to consider where you will spit. It is not great for septic systems and potentially could clog up a sink on a cold day, so a trashcan may be the best option.
By |2016-05-25T09:17:23+00:00May 25th, 2016|Articles, General|

Homemade Toothpaste

Healthy DIY Toothpaste Recipetoothpaste

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered xylitol or stevia
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils

If needed, warm the coconut oil until it becomes soft, but not liquid.  Add the baking soda, essential oils and your sweetener of choice.  Stir well until ingredients are well incorporated, then whip the mixture until it becomes light and creamy.  Store in a shallow, resealable jar.  Ideal essential oils to consider are peppermint, cinnamon, orange, and myrrh.  Trace Mineral drops are also a healthy choice to help remineralize the teeth.  Consider chocolate toothpaste too!  Add crushed cacao nibs, which also help to remineralize the teeth and remove the biofilm in the mouth¹. Who knew?  Yes, chocolate toothpaste can be a good thing.

http://askthedentist.com/homemade-toothpaste/ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By |2016-05-24T16:23:50+00:00May 24th, 2016|General|

Cooking with Oils

by Nancy Mehlert, MS

cooking oils

When you think about including fats in your diet, remember that you are a living being.  Your cells are smart and cannot be fooled.  They are filled with DNA and memory.  Your cells recognize and utilize undamaged fats in highly productive health-giving ways if you consume them in their natural state.  Beware that man gets engaged in doing things that damage the structure of fats including applying heat, bleaching, esterifying, hydrogenating, and using chemical solvents.

Once you’ve purchased undamaged oils, be sure to not destroy them with your own cooking methods.  There is great controversy and discrepancy about temperature tolerance when cooking with oils if you search on line and explore resources for this information.  The safest most conservative approach for good health is to rely on saturated fat sources for cooking and save monounsaturated fats such as olive oil for cold preparation only.

We recommend that your everyday cooking fats/oils for good health be a saturated (a strongly bonded molecular structure) fat such as butter, ghee, tallow, or coconut oil. It is important to choose a good source where animals have eaten their natural diet (pastured), where the animal has not been given antibiotics or hormones and has been raised in a humane and natural environment.  This includes beef tallow, duck fat and pork lard.  Epic is a brand you can look for in the market or online. Coconut oil should be organic, pressed, and free from refining, bleaching or deodorizing.  If the producer knows and cares, it will usually be well described on the packaging.  See our Product of the Month in this month’s newsletter for more details.  For the highest temperatures on the stovetop, oven or on the grill, coconut oil and ghee are your best bet; however, we recommend that you limit or avoid extremely high temperature cooking as a matter of routine due to the damaging effect it has on the food and thus your health.  Low and slow cooking is healthier.

By |2016-05-04T06:00:14+00:00May 4th, 2016|Articles, General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Coconut Oil and Olive Oil

By Nancy Mehlert, MS

We often emphasize how important it is to choose healthy oils and we describe them as “undamaged”. Typically, once man begins to extract oil from its source, the goal is to find the fastest, cheapest way to extract the oil from the source, maximizing the amount of oil extracted, then treating the oil to make it look, smell and taste good, and last as long as possible. All of this is accomplished by using high temperatures, extensive refining and chemicals. Unfortunately, not only are the health benefits of the oils lost in this processing, but can actually cause harm. Here’s the scoop you need to know about two of the most important oils we recommend for everyday use, coconut oil and olive oil.

In the coconut industry, conventional coconut is dried in a wood-fueled kiln or in the sun over a period of several days. The result is called copra and it is packed tightly into burlap type sacks that hold the meat of about 400-500 coconuts. These bags are then moved through a very slow, time consuming transport to a large, industrial oil mill, usually in Europe or Asia. As a result of unhygienic drying methods, humid tropical conditions, bulk shipping and long distances with lengthy delays, the copra develops mold on it. These molds can also result in carcinogenic aflatoxin contamination. The oil extraction begins using large-scale, high pressure, energy intensive equipment and chemicals such as hexane to remove the mold from the copra. The result is a very low quality, damaged coconut oil with little to no available health benefits. This is why we emphasize organic, non-GMO, expeller pressed or raw and unrefined coconut oil so that you can benefit from the undamaged oil.

coconut

In the olive oil industry, a similar process occurs. Heat and chemicals are used to extract every last bit of oil from the olives, and these chemicals degrade the final product. To make matters worse, you may have recently seen the CBS News show 60 Minutes which exposed the hazardous chemicals and mislabeling of olive oil coming out of the Mediterranean. According to Italian authorities, as much as 80% of the olive oil investigated uncovered fraudulent labeling and false documentation. In one investigation of 10 tons of colored table olives, the coloring agent added was a prohibited and dangerous copper chlorophyllin complex also known as E141. “Made in Italy” claims were fraudulent and other illicit substances were found in production areas. Pesticides, mineral oil hydrocarbons, plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and styrene were also found in the oils. For these reasons, we HIGHLY recommend First Cold Pressed, Organic, Non-GMO verified oils from small family owned farms, and more recently, from California.

olive oil fraud

Healthy undamaged oils are essential for good health but unfortunately highly processed and damaged oils are dangerous to your health, contributing to inflammation and disease. Be sure to make good choices when purchasing your oils.

References:

http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/research/files/report041211finalreduced.pdf

http://www.kokonutpacific.com.au/production/CopraKP.php

By |2016-04-29T15:24:12+00:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, General|

Coconut Oil

By Nancy Mehlert, MScoconut

If you haven’t incorporated coconut oil into your lifestyle, it is time!  From every standpoint, nutritional or supplemental, it is a wise and healthful choice for the whole family. It should be one of the primary cooking oils used in your kitchen every day.  While you are at it, add it to your personal hygiene and first aid kit too. According to Mary Enig, Ph.D., the nation’s leading expert on fats and oils: Coconut oil has a unique role in the diet as an important physiologically functional food which offers health and nutritional benefits.  We recommend the real thing rather than a coconut oil pill.  We don’t recommend broccoli pills either.  Eat the real thing.

What’s unique about it?

  • Unlike most vegetable and seed oils, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (rather than a long-chain fatty acid). This quality makes coconut oil much more capable of permeating cell membranes easily, and much more easily digested.
  • Medium chain fatty acids, such as coconut oil, go directly to the liver where they are immediately converted to energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • Medium chain fatty acids are also able to stimulate metabolism which can support weigh loss. One way it does this is by stimulating the activity of the thyroid.
  • Coconut oil also has anti-microbial action due to the lauric acid it contains.  Lauri acid is also found in mother’s breast milk.  Lauric acid fights dangerous micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, yeasts, parasites and molds.
  • Coconut flour and coconut oil are considered gluten free and hypoallergenic, unlike most nuts and flours.

How do I know what to buy?

  • As with most oils, it is very possible and likely that cheaper versions will be manufactured, refined and chemically treated.  These will not yield the health benefits desired.  Look for these key words and phrases on the jar to ensure the highest quality:
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Raw, unrefined, cold or expeller pressed
  • If the container does no more than to say it is “pure”, even if it is organic, it is likely coconut oil made from copra, a dried, old and moldy coconut that must be refined, bleached and deodorized using chemical processing with chemicals such as hexane.
  • We recommend Tropical Traditions, Fresh Shores, Dr. Bronners, Nature’s Way to name a few.  We carry Tropical Traditions at our facility for your convenience.

How do I use it?

  • In our world of internet information, and to save space, I will suggest that you explore internet resources because frankly, coconut oil has too many uses to list here.  But know this:
  • If you eat, you need coconut oil: It is a perfect oil for stir fry, baking, and sautéing literally anything from eggs and veggies to meat.  Toss a tablespoon into your morning smoothie and add to your cup of coffee! Then season your cast iron skillet with it.
  • If you bathe and groom your body, you need coconut oil:  From makeup remover, to lotion or deodorant, hair conditioner and toothpaste, solving diaper rash or jock itch, coconut oil is an outstanding choice for personal body care.
  • If you have a medicine cabinet, you need coconut oil: Antimicrobial action protects scrapes and burns, soothes away baby rash, psoriasis or eczema, works as a lubricant for anal or vaginal use without disturbing normal flora and so much more.
  • If you have a home, you can even explore polishing furniture and leather with it (look for good instructions and test a small hidden area first).

The uses are many, the benefits are countless.  Go coco-nuts!

 

By |2016-04-29T09:15:52+00:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on Coconut Oil and Olive Oil

By Nancy Mehlert, MS

We often emphasize how important it is to choose healthy oils and we describe them as “undamaged”.  Typically, once man begins to extract oil from its source, the goal is to find the fastest, cheapest way to extract the oil from the source, maximizing the amount of oil extracted, then treating the oil to make it look, smell and taste good, and last as long as possible.  All of this is accomplished by using high temperatures, extensive refining and chemicals. Unfortunately, not only are the health benefits of the oils lost in this processing, but can actually cause harm.  Here’s the scoop you need to know about two of the most important oils we recommend for everyday use, coconut oil and olive oil.

Copra

Copra

In the coconut industry, conventional coconut is dried in a wood-fueled kiln or in the sun over a period of several days. The result is called copra and it is packed tightly into burlap type sacks that hold the meat of about 400-500 coconuts.  These bags are then moved through a very slow, time consuming transport to a large, industrial oil mill, usually in Europe or Asia. As a result of unhygienic drying methods, humid tropical conditions, bulk shipping and long distances with lengthy delays, the copra develops mold on it.  These molds can also result in carcinogenic aflatoxin contamination.  The oil extraction begins using large-scale, high pressure, energy intensive equipment and chemicals such as hexane to remove the mold from the copra.  The result is a very low quality, damaged coconut oil with little to no available health benefits.  This is why we emphasize organic, non-GMO, expeller pressed or raw and unrefined coconut oil so that you can benefit from the undamaged oil.

In the olive oil industry, a similar process occurs.  Heat and chemicals are used to extract every last bit of oil from the olives, and these chemicals degrade the final product.  To make matters worse, you may have recently seen the CBS News show 60 Minutes which exposed the hazardous chemicals and mislabeling of olive oil coming out of the Mediterranean.  According to Italian authorities, as much as 80% of the olive oil investigated uncovered fraudulent labeling and false documentation.  In one investigation of 10 tons of colored table olives, the coloring agent added was a prohibited and dangerous copper chlorophyllin complex also known as E141.  “Made in Italy” claims were fraudulent and other illicit substances were found in production areas. Pesticides, mineral oil hydrocarbons, plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and styrene were also found in the oils.  For these reasons, we HIGHLY recommend First Cold Pressed, Organic, Non-GMO verified oils from small family owned farms, and more recently, from California.

Healthy undamaged oils are essential for good health but unfortunately highly processed and damaged oils are dangerous to your health, contributing to inflammation and disease.  Be sure to make good choices when purchasing your oils.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References:
http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/research/files/report041211finalreduced.pdf
http://www.kokonutpacific.com.au/production/CopraKP.php
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By |2016-04-29T09:04:00+00:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, General|

Foods that Defend You

Foods that Defend You

We usually think of our food as a source of nourishment in the form of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Are you aware that there are many foods that have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which help to attack and destroy unwanted visitors such as the common cold, disease-causing bacteria, and yeast? Here are some of the best food antimicrobials that can work in your defense on a daily basis:

Coconut Oil

The best source for caprylic and lauric acids, coconut oil provides antifungal and antibacterial protection whether ingested or applied externally. Butter from grass fed cattle is another excellent source of these acids while olive oil contains Oleuropein, also known to be an effective anti fungal.

Garlic and Onions

Known for their antibacterial properties, these two foods have been used all over the world to treat major and minor diseases. The active ingredient is sulfur which serves to reduce inflammation, protect against pathogens and cancer, and is also a strong anti-oxidant, attacking free radicals in the body.

Cabbage (and other relatives)

While all vegetables and fruits offer good sources of Vitamin C, which serves as a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, cabbage takes first place in this category. A one-cup serving of cabbage offers 75% of the daily-recommended amount of Vitamin C and is also rich in sulfur. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, horseradish, and Brussels sprouts are also top notch choices included in this family of protective foods.

Fermented (Living) Foods

This old-world tradition of preserving foods is not very common today though it is making a come back as health practitioners and nutritionists gain renewed respect for probiotics and the importance of the protective role they play in the health of the human body. Fermented foods provide extremely high doses of probiotics compared to what can be found in most probiotic supplements. To learn more about fermented foods, click here.

Herbs

Be sure to include as many herbs as possible every day as you prepare and season your food. Here are some of the most powerful and also easy to incorporate options: Allspice, Basil, Caraway seed, Chili pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Curry, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Pepper, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme, and Turmeric.

 

 

By |2014-08-02T09:42:07+00:00August 2nd, 2014|Articles, General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|
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