Coconut - the tree of life
If you were to choose a desert island companion surely it would be a coconut ‘tree of life’. And ROAR’s organic coconut products are the perfect ingredient for the everyday health nut! Coconut trees and the products they produce are renowned for their environmental sustainability and health properties and provide an amazing array of ingredients that we here at ROAR source the best of, package them up and bring them to you.
Our Virgin Coconut Oil is coldpressed, unrefined, raw and organic. This high quality oil is both delicious and has a range of unique health properties that make it the fat of choice for almost every application. ROAR Virgin Coconut Oil is perfect for making, baking, heating and. Oh and taking you to a dreamy place of sunset blushed beaches in paradise!
ROAR Creamed Coconut Butter is the flesh of organic coconuts creamed into a paste. It contains all of the healthy oil of a coconut as well as the fibre, protein and sugars making it a complete wholefood. Creamed Coconut Butter adds a creamy richness and an indulgent edge to soups, stir fries, curries, stews, desserts. and as a vegan butter. Gently heat the jar and mix in the oil, as it tends to rise to the top.
Coconut sugar has a beautiful caramel flavour and is packed full of a range of macro and micro-nutrients. It is more of a whole food than regular sugars, making it a healthier and tastier choice. Because the coconut tree produces more than 50% more sugar per acre than any other plant, coconut sugar is also considered one of the most sustainable sweeteners on the planet.
Coconut Product Info
Healthy, Sustainable & Fair
Coconut Oil: is grown in the sun bleached island of Sri Lanka. The oil is produced from freshly picked mature coconuts that have been certified organically grown. The coconut meat is then passed through a cold process expeller at controlled temperatures to extract the oil.
ROAR coconut oil virgin pressed (extra virgin is a meaningless term in regards to coconut oil as the virgin press is the first press) and has not been bleached, deodorised, hydrogenated or heat treated – meaning that it has optimum flavour and health properties.
We strongly recommend you stay clear of non-virgin coconut oils that have been refined (also called RBT – refined bleached and deodorised). They will not have the same poly-phenols that give the coconut its unique and profound health properties.
Sri Lankan coconut oil tends to have a more mild coconut flavour than oils produced in South East Asia – so if you are worried about a strong coconut oil flavour we urge you to try our oil instead of trying RBT coconut oil. This is for the reason that the refining and bleaching process can hide some pretty bad inadequacies in the product. Please check out this website if you want some good information on the difference between good quality and bad quality coconut oil.
Creamed Coconut Butter: is grown in the sun bleached island of Sri Lanka. The oil is produced from freshly picked mature coconuts that have been certified organically grown. The coconut meat is then grated and dried at low temperatures and ground into a fine paste.
Coconut Sugar: is made from nectar taken from coconut flowers high in the treetops. It is then boiled down in large traditional steel woks into a solid – meaning it is not raw – until it is crystallised.
In Asia, a variety of palm sugars – including date palm sugar – are often sold under the name of coconut sugar. ROAR coconut sugar is made from the nectar of coconut trees. It is a lot lighter than other palm sugars and has a beautiful butterscotch/caramel flavour. So beware of mislabelled coconut sugars out there!
Coconut A True Superfood
Coconut Oil: it is important to point out the difference between virgin cold-pressed coconut oil and RBD (refined, bleached and deodorised) aka copra oil. Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil that has been produced through the process of wet extraction (i.e. ROAR coconut oil) has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increased HDL (good) cholesterol – making it beneficial for heart health. These benefits are not found in RBD/copra oil.
Virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is made up of over 90% saturated fat. However, this is no run of the mill saturated fat. Coconut oil is made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) – other vegetable fats are Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT’s). MCT’s go straight from the urinary tract to the liver where they are turned into a quick source of energy, and have been shown to speed up the basal (resting) metabolic rate – which in turn can aid in weightless. If excess energy isn’t used the fat from coconut oil is then turned into ketone bodies which are energy molecules used by the brain and have been shown to have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
And if that isn’t enough, coconut oil has strong anti-microbial properties, making it good for promoting general health as well as being good for as an application for athletes foot, psoriasis, dandruff and gum disease to mention but a few.
Creamed Coconut Butter has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties and is good for the immune system. The lauric acid content (which is also a main component of mothers milk) the oil has been shown in studies to lower bad cholesterol.
Coconut Sugar: contains macro and micronutrients that are not in other refined sugars – which contain very little nutrition.
Claims that it has a low GI (many companies claim coconut sugar has a GI of 35) are rather dubious – given that only one flawed study has been carried out. However, it is likely to have a lower GI than refined sugar due to the fact that it has the fibre inulin which may slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream and therefore lower the Glycemic Index (GI). Hopefully more research will be done in the area in the near future.
Better Than the Rest
Coconut Oil: being an oil – coconut oil does not have have many nutrients to write home about. It does however, have many health benefits due to the type of fats and polyphenols (that are only present in virgin cold-pressed coconut oil). See above for more info.
Creamed Coconut Butter: it is high in dietary fibre meaning it is filling and good for the stomach. It is also has moderate amounts of high quality protein (i.e. a good range of essential amino acids) and iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper and high amounts of manganese.
Coconut Sugar: contains the mineral iron, calcium, zinc and potassium. It also contains heart friendly polyphenols and some anti-oxidants.
Perhaps of most interest is the fact that it contains the fibre called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and be a reason for coconut sugar having a lower GI than regular sugar – although this is as yet unproven due to the fact that only one flawed study has been carried out in this area.