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. 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 comes in different brands with the quality, source, and production method as some of the factors that affect the price.
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.
You will notice when you buy coconut that there are several terms used on the label and it is advisable that you understand these terms to know the quality 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. 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.
The extraction of coconut oil from the kernel is done by the process of either dry or wet. 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. 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.