Facts about Coconut Oil and Its Various Kinds Available
Coconut oil or copra is the oil squeezed out from the white meat or kernel of a ripe coconut. Coconut oil is edible just like olive oil or almond oil and it has numerous applications in the food, health and beauty industries.
There are several benefits in using or consuming coconut oil, among which the result would help support a normal function of a our body and maintain healthy systems in our body. A few of the many benefits of coconut oil are mentioned to be about its help in having normal digestion and nutrient absorption, skin hydration, hair moisturizer, an energy source and so many other benefits.
Coconut oil comes in different brands with the quality, source, and production method as some of the factors that affect the price.
When buying coconut oil, you should look at its price, the color of the liquid, and its scent or smell.
You will notice when you buy coconut that there are several terms used on the label and it is advisable that you understand these terms to know the quality you are buying.
One term you will notice is the certified organic coconut oil that signifies no use of pesticides on the coconuts where the oil was extracted from. The next term is the all-natural label that means no chemicals are used during the manufacturing process of the oil. Another two terms are refined and unrefined, with refined suggested as removing of impurities and coconut flavour because of a further process, and the unrefined with no additional refinement process that leaves the smell and flavour of the coconut oil intact.
The coconut oil can be labelled too as virgin and extra virgin, although there is no difference except that the word extra reminds you of the higher level grade of the coconut oil.
Another kind of coconut oil is raw coconut oil wherein it was extracted without using high level of heat.
It is through cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and centrifuges that the oil from a fresh coconut is extracted. To produce the oil, all the proteins, water and fiber of the coconut kernel are removed from it. Note that for a single gallon of coconut oil, it takes about 65 coconuts, and several processes are done to achieve this.
There are two methods in which coconut oil can be extracted from the kernel and this is through dry or wet process. In using the dry process, the coconut meat is removed from the kernel, dried out under the sun, then the dried meat is either pressed or dissolved with solvents. On the other hand, the wet process would use the raw coconut meat from the kernel and directly pressed that would result to a liquid mixture of oil and water.