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. 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 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.
Many brands are available of coconut oil and they differ based on the quality, source, method of production and other conditions.
When buying coconut oil, you should look at its price, the color of the liquid, and its scent or smell.
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.
First is the labelled as certified organic coconut oil, and this means that the coconuts coming from this oil did not have pesticides applied to the plant. The next term is the all-natural label that means no chemicals are used during the manufacturing process of the oil. 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.
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.
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. Be informed that in order to produce a gallon of coconut oil, you would need about 65 coconuts and some processes to do so.
The extraction of coconut oil from the kernel is done by the process of either dry or wet. 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. 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.