Facts about Coconut Oil and Its Various Kinds Available
The oil that is extracted from the kernel or white meat inside a ripe coconut is called coconut oil. Coconut oil is edible just like olive oil or almond oil and it has numerous applications in the food, health and beauty industries.
Coconut oil has reportedly many benefits, from supporting the normal functions of our body to maintaining healthy systems. Some of the proven advantages in using coconut oil are it supports a healthy heart and immune system, it maintains normal digestion and nutrient absorption, it hydrates our skin, it moisturizes hair, it is a quick source of energy, and many others.
Coconut oil is distributed into many brands with prices that vary depending on the quality, source, production method and other factors.
When buying coconut oil, you should look at its price, the color of the liquid, and its scent or smell.
Be aware of the many terms used on the label of a coconut oil product packaging, and it is recommended that you know about these terms to understand the kind of coconut oil you are buying.
An example of a term is the certified organic coconut oil which means that the coconut oil came from coconuts grown without the use of pesticides. 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.
When the coconut oil was extracted without using high level of heat, then it is labelled as raw coconut oil.
There are three ways in extracting oil from a fresh coconut, and these are by cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and centrifuged. To produce the oil, all the proteins, water and fiber of the coconut kernel are removed from it. You would need 65 coconuts to be able to produce a single gallon of coconut oil plus several processes to accomplish the job.
There are two methods in which coconut oil can be extracted from the kernel and this is through dry or wet process. Using the dry processing, the kernel is removed of its meat, and the meat is left out to dry under the sun, then the dried coconut meat undergoes either pressing or dissolved using solvents. Through wet process on the other hand, the coconut meat is removed from the kernel and is directly pressed to give a liquid that is a mix of oil and water.