Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial edible oil. It has numerous benefits, including medicinal properties and is used by millions of people all over the world. Many people have been using coconut oil for various reasons, applying it on the skin, including it in hair masks and consumption purposes for over generations. There are two types of coconut oil that you can use for your skin and in your food. Refined coconut oil is a more purified form of coconut oil and virgin coconut oil is less processed, hence contains more beneficial properties.
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Does coconut oil expire?
Raw coconut oil has a shelf life of over 2 years. Even though it has numerous benefits, you need to take care of your oil as you wouldn’t want it to go rancid and expired. Heat, light, and oxygen affects coconut oil and causes it to expire over the years.
How to tell if coconut oil is expired or rancid
If you are using coconut oil for the first time then it won’t be easy to tell the difference between a usable coconut oil and an expired one. Using rancid or expired coconut oil can result doing a lot of damage to your body. Pure and fresh coconut oil is crystal clear and has no particles in it, if not in the liquid form it will be cloudy. Here are a few signs that will help you tell if the coconut oil you are using is expired or not.
1. The oil will be yellow in color when in liquid form.
2. The consistency will not be as smooth, there might be lumps and would feel blotchy.
3. It doesn’t taste or smell good, feels as if it’s stale.
4. It makes you puke.
5. You find small particles at the bottom of the container
What happens when you use rancid coconut oil
Even though coconut oil has a long shelf life and takes more than at least a year to go bad, using ranch coconut oil can harm your body. Consuming expired coconut oil can affect tumors in the body; it can even promote the growth of these tumors and be the cause of their growth. It is unlikely to cause you food poisoning but has serious consequences if kept using for a long time. using it on your skin and hair can cause your skin to break out and your scalp to develop fungal problems.
How to store coconut oil
Coconut oil is a very easy oil to store. You can choose to store it in your pantry, or in your fridge, or even at room temperature. In the fridge, it will be in the solid form and if stored somewhere hot, it will most likely to be in a liquid form. Make sure that your oil is tightly sealed as oils get affected by the light and heat. The hotter the place where you store the oil, the quicker the oil will go bad. Make sure that you don’t place your coconut oil in a place where temperature changes constantly, e.g. washroom.