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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.

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.

Be aware of the many terms used on the label of a coconut oil product packaging, and it is recommended that you know about these terms to understand the kind of coconut oil 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. 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.

Some labels would show virgin or extra virgin coconut oil, however, there is no difference between these two except that the extra virgin connotes a higher grade of 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. 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.

There are two methods in which coconut oil can be extracted from the kernel and this is through dry 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. While for the wet process, the coconut meat is removed from the kernel and immediately pressed giving out a liquid which is a mix of oil and water.