Facts about Coconut Oil and Its Various Kinds Available
The white meat inside or kernel of a ripe coconut can be extracted to produce an oil that is called coconut oil. The industries of the food, health and beauty sectors are applying or using the coconut oil and this oil is edible just like almond oil or olive oil.
Coconut oil is said to have several benefits to support normal body functions and maintaining healthy systems in our body. 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.
The price, color of the liquid and scent or smell are just a few of the things that you should watch out for when purchasing coconut oil.
Note that there are several terms used on the label of the coconut container or product, and it is better that you understand what these terms are so you know the extent of quality of the oil when buying it.
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. Another term is the all-natural label that means the coconut oil is manufactured without any use of chemicals during the production process. Then there is the refined and unrefined where impurities and coconut flavour are involved with refined as eliminating impurities and coconut flavour, and the unrefined as leaving smell and flavour of the oil.
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. In order to produce the coconut oil from the kernel, all the proteins, water and fiber are extracted and 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. When using the dry processing, coconut meat is removed from the kernel, then left out under the sun to dry, and then the dried meat is either pressed or dissolved in 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.