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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. 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. 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 comes in different brands with the quality, source, and production method as some of the factors that affect the price.

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.

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. Second term is the all-natural label where the oils are manufactured without any chemicals with it when it was produced. Coconut oil can be labelled as refined, meaning the oil is processed further to remove impurities and flavour, and the unrefined which means no further process is done on the oil and thus you are left with the original smell and flavour of the coconut 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.

Another kind of coconut oil is raw coconut oil wherein it was extracted without using high level of heat.

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.

Coconut oil can be squeezed out from the kernel by either the dry process 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.