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Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil

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by David Wolfe

The year 2000 brought with it many amazing adventures. I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Fijian Islands in the South Pacific. The Fijian Islands are absolutely pure, chemical pesticides and commercial farming practices are completely unknown there.

During my stay on the islands, I met with the premiere producer of coconut butter/oil in the South Pacific. Our journey to his property was a wild ride through the jungles on one of the bigger Fijian Islands. The road was unpaved with puddles, potholes, rocks, and every other conceivable obstacle. After an hour of bouncing around in the jeep, we arrived at an unassuming home. Once inside, we met with the coconut master himself, a fourth generation coconut grower, who shared with us his extraordinary cold-pressing system through which he extracts coconut butter from wild coconuts at 90 degree Fahrenheit. I insisted that he share some of his secret stash with us. A tapped barrel underneath a blanket was soon revealed. He began filling the containers we had brought with a clear magical coconut oil that smelled of heaven. The taste was extraordinary…truly extraordinary.

The coconut master then shared with us that he distributes his coconut butter/oil to a soap company that has won first place in the world championships in soap for 3 years in a row. They attribute their success to their #1 ingredient — this coconut butter!

Just to be clear, coconut oil is a solid below 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the solid state coconut oil is called coconut butter. Coconut oil and coconut butter are actually the same thing.

Coconut Butter/Oil is extracted from mature coconuts that have fallen to the ground. They are split in half and the interior white flesh is shredded. These flakes are then pressed at 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the oil is extracted and filtered.

After speaking with the coconut master for several hours, we eventually made arrangements to ship the oil to the United States. It excites me at the deepest level to be able to offer this superior product to guests at my lectures and on our www.rawfood.com website.

Coconut butter has been used as a food and a medicine since the dawn of history. Ayurveda (the medicine of India) has long advocated its therapeutic and cosmetic properties.

Unlike the cooked, clogging, cholesterol-soaked, saturated animal fats found in meats and dairy products, coconut butter is a raw saturated fat containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids which the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly. Coconut butter contains no cholesterol and does not elevate bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. By weight, Coconut butter has less calories than any other fat source.

The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) in coconut butter possess incredible properties.

MCFA’s confuse lipid-coated viruses and bacteria, because they disrupt their lipid membranes. Bruce Fife, ND, author of The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil, has written: "Coconut oil is in essence, a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal food."

Coconut butter is the most stable (of any known oil/butter) at high temperatures (up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, if one is going to heat or cook any food, coconut butter should be the only oil/butter ever used.

Dr. Raymond Peat has written: "…coconut oil, added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone. " Pregnenolone is also the precursor to many hormones including progesterone. Dr. Peat recommends increasing one’s pregnenolone intake for women with hormone imbalances.

Coconut butter can be used as a food. It can be eaten straight or blended into a salad dressing or mixed into a smoothie (if Nature’s First Food is also added, this makes an excellent drink), Recommended daily intake: 1 to 4 tablespoons.

Coconut butter can also be used as a skin lotion. It is very effective against dry skin. Our Coconut Butter is ideal for massage and massage therapists.

Coconut butter should be stored in a cool, dark area. It can be refrigerated after opening, but this is not required to insure freshness. All butters and oils are light-sensitive, they should be sealed in black containers to insure no light penetrates the container and damages the oil.

The health benefits of coconut butter described in Bruce Fife’s incredible book: The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil are listed below:

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