Get Some Information about Coconut Oil and Its Kinds
The oil that is extracted from the kernel or white meat inside a ripe coconut is called coconut oil. The oil has many applications in the food, health and beauty industries and is edible just like olive oil or almond oil.
Coconut oil is said to have several benefits to support normal body functions and maintaining healthy systems in our body. Among these benefits are it supports a normal metabolism of our body, it helps maintain normal blood glucose level, it supports a healthy heart and immune system, it maintains normal digestion and nutrient absorption, it hydrates our skin, it moisturizes hair, a source of quick energy, and other benefits.
Coconut oil is distributed into many brands with prices that vary depending on the quality, source, production method and other factors.
There are a few things to watch out for when buying coconut oil and these are its price, liquid color and smell or scent.
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.
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. Second term is the all-natural label where the oils are manufactured without any chemicals with it when it was produced. 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.
Coconut oil is also labelled as either virgin or extra virgin, although for your information, there is no difference whatsoever between the two terms, except that the coconut oil has a higher grade when labelled as extra virgin.
Raw coconut oil is termed to coconut oil which 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.
Coconut oil can be squeezed out from the kernel by either the dry process 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.