In response to coconut oil’s increasing popularity as a health food, smart merchants spun it so skillfully that the idea of wrapping the tropical oil in a softgel was born.
And they tell you that it is convenient and good for those who are always busy and can quickly obtain benefits from coconut oil.
Well, let’s see whether cloaking coconut oil in capsules is really that good or actually just bad for you.
Let’s talk about the price of this new “invention”.
Each capsule usually carries 1000 mg of coconut oil. That’s what shows on the label. Looks a lot, right?
Nah, it actually equates to only one gram.
Because of the technology used to encase the oil, each capsule costs about $0.15. That’s also the price of one gram of coconut oil.
If a bottle has 120 softgels, that would cost you $18. Doesn’t look expensive, does it? We shall see soon enough.
With $18, I can easily get a jar of high quality virgin coconut oil that holds 680 grams of coconut oil in it.
Which means each gram is worth only $0.03 when coconut oil is packed in a container. That’s 5 times cheaper than popping coconut oil in capsules.
That’s not all. I normally advise people to take at least 3 tablespoons daily if they wish to truly benefit from the goodness of coconut oil.
One tablespoon holds 14 grams of the oil. That means, you got to pop 42 capsules into your mouth every day in order to gain health benefits from coconut oil. And in 3 days $18 would be gone and you have to get another bottle.
Price aside, that’s simply crazy to gobble 42 capsules a day, isn’t it? Don’t you have anything else better to do than popping capsules?
2. Material Used
Have you ever questioned the sort of material they use to make the softgels?
Anne contacted me half a year ago telling me that she has awfully bad pain in her legs after taking coconut oil capsules for 6 weeks. She insistently claimed that nothing has changed in her diet except for taking coconut oil capsules.
I then suggested her to stop taking the capsules but instead, consume coconut oil from the jar. The pain in her legs stop after a few days. She was good and happy.
If the softgels are not made of plant origin, then it definitely comes from animals.
And do you know the animal-derived gelatin they used for making the softgels may contain antibiotic and hormone residues?
To make matters worse, some may even get contaminated with diseased animal tissues, which is very bad.
Anne could have been affected by those animal-based softgels.
Did I sound like the idea of eating coconut oil in softgels is bad?
Kind of, because not only it’s costly, but it’s not practical for those who truly want to get more beyond just eating coconut oil for health benefits. Like for example, if you want to use coconut oil for skin care, then aren’t you going to squeeze the oil out of the softgel in order to apply it to your skin? Or get a separate coconut oil for skin care that increases your cost of living?
Honestly, it really does come in handy for busy people on the go. All you need is open the lid and pop the number of capsules required.
But like I mentioned earlier, how much health benefits are you gaining from it? Unless you really swallow at least 42 capsules, don’t expect too much from just a few caps per day.
If, however, taking coconut oil capsules is the only option open to you, then for health’s sake, get one that uses veggie softgels to wrap up the oil.