Do make sure to get (Extra) Virgin Coconut Oil or Raw and Unrefined, Cold/Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil and NOT just coconut oil as the latter has been processed & refined unlike the former. Coconut oil has been called the healthiest dietary oil on earth & scientific research has discovered the many miraculous healing of coconut oil both internally & externally for both animals & humans alike. This site provides MANY info. about Virgin Coconut Oil. Here as well, and for dogs.
Here are some facts about it from here:
There is no industry standard definition for "Virgin Coconut Oil" as there is in the olive oil industry for "Virgin" and "Extra Virgin" olive oil. Today, there are many coconut oils on the market that are labeled as "Virgin Coconut Oil.
Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years. There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:
1. Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, the coconut meat is quick dried, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means. This is the most common type of "Virgin" or "Extra Virgin" (see below) coconut oil sold in the market today that you will find in stores. It is mass-produced.
2. Wet-milling. With this method the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. "Coconut milk" is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge.
Many readers of our blog as well as Mom's customers have enquired to buy Chia Seeds from her. The reason as to why Mom doesn't sell Chia Seeds is because she does not want anyone to think that she's promotin' Chia Seeds to animals for profit. Chia Seed is available in many (if not all) organic shops & are easily accessible to the public.
With our humans being (high-raw) vegans themselves (yes, they're eatin' more Raw LIVING foods instead of COOKED DEAD foods), they believe in the sun & energy of this planet givin' life to plants, & from plants to a livin' being's body. Hence, both animals & humans WILL benefit from (organic) plant-based foods. The Sun & earth's energy give life to plants, plants give life to plant-eatin' (herbivorous) animals (AND HUMANS who're fruigivorous by the way!), & in turn to other (carnivorous) animals. Usin' simple logic & reasonin', even carnivores will benefit from plant-based foods.
In this previous blog-post, Mom mentioned that she'll be blog a lil' more abt fish oils VS organic plant-based oils. And since this is a post about oil, she'll just do it here and now.
Here's a story about a dog being saved from death via the natural & holistic way. Like Mom, Shasta's human DOES NOT believe in feedin' her fish oils & would rather replace them with organic plant-oils like Chia Seeds, Virgin Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hempseed, Flax Oil etc. Read on below (in the website) to see how much plant-based supplements/oil Shasta human gives her.
Scroll down & you'll read this part by Shasta's human, ''Raw fish. I used to give Shasta a whole raw fish (with bones). She loved it and ate the head, tail, bones and all. She liked especially the mackarel. Unfortunately, I've had to stop giving her fish due to mercury contamination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued advise on the hazard posed by mercury in fish bought from stores and restaurants, which includes ocean and coastal fish as well as other types of commercial fish. My entire family has stopped eating fish.
WHY?? For ONE very simple reason - fishes & fish oil contain MERCURY & other deadly substances that not only will do harm to humans esp. pregnant women, but also to companion animals like us. Many people will argue that dogs need fish oils blabla bla... but seriously, wolves/wild dogs in nature only hunt for fishes when they've no choice & what are the chances of them even being able to catch fishes daily?! Remember, they're NOT bears or dolphins whose staple food is fishes, morever, they're equipped with the ability to hunt for fishes successfully unlike dogs.
MORE importantly, even IF a dog eats fishes in the wild DAILY, it is only because of one purpose - survival. For us, Mom believes that we should not only survive, but THRIVE as well. And for that, humans will have to simply use their brains more to think what is better for us in terms of health in the long run. Whether fish oil is more digestible for us or organic plant-based oils, its not for anyone to say because there is VERY lil' concrete studies done to support this at all. What's more, we've been off any forms of fish or fish oil for more than a year now & our skin & coat are even better than before, growin' faster, thicker & shinier.
Even IF science were to one day prove that dogs/cats do not benefit one bit from organic plant-based oils as compared to fish oils, give us a choice of the many benefits of fish oils ALONG with DEADLY mercury poisoning as compared to no benefits from organic plant-based oils BUT completely SAFE WITHOUT any mercury poisoning etc, we'd still choose the latter. It's just simply common sense.
Another thing is, for raw feeders to believe in natural raw UNPROCESSED feedin' for us, fish oil IS a processed food as compared to say Chia Seeds or Hemp Seeds whereby the oils come directly from soakin' the raw seeds. If you're thinkin' that we still need omega 3 from animals, raw eggs are very rich in omega 3 as well but the source & type of eggs are very important as well for optimum nutrients.
TAKE NOTE that Chia Seed is NOT a supplement, it is a FOOD. Compare omega 3 from fish oil & chia seed from here.
From this site, ''The Chia seed, on the other hand, has three times the amount of Omega-3 than Omega-6 in its makeup. Therefore, by consuming more Chia in your diet you will balance out the ratio of fatty-acid intake in your daily nutrition. A correct balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 leaves you with healthier brain function and allows for normal development of the body.
While Omega-3 is available in products such as fish oil and eggs, the purity of its concentration in those non-grain forms is questionable. For example, eggs from organic chickens fed with greens rather than corn have a greater amount of Omega-3, but knowing what kind of eggs you’re buying isn’t easy when they’re already boxed in your grocery store. Meanwhile, fish oil is a processed food, a fact that diminishes its nutritional value.
By contrast, the Chia seed can be eaten unprocessed and without any chemical spray necessary, making it the most reliable form of Omega-3 we know.''
If you wish to compare nutrients-wise with fishes, here is another site to see it.
Chia seed is SAFE to eat as it is an ancient superfood used by the Aztecs. Mom calls it a survival food because in times of hardship, humans & animals alike will benefit more from eatin' Chia Seeds instead of animals.
And of couse there will be other ''studies'' (where do these dubious ''studies'' come from btw??) to slam Chia Seeds, just like how the meat & dairy industry try to slam proper scientific studies by the medical industries on the harmful effects of humans consumin' factory-farmed meats filled with antibiotics, GMOs, vaccines etc. In every industry, there will be another to put them down in order to ''save'' theirs.
But we leave it to you to decide. Our humans & us have all been eatin' chia seeds daily without fail for the past couple of years.
Finally, we'll end off with our Organic (Extra) Virgin Raw Coconut Oil pix!