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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. The industries of the food, health and beauty sectors are applying or using the coconut oil and this oil is edible just like almond oil or olive oil.

Coconut oil has reportedly many benefits, from supporting the normal functions of our body to maintaining healthy systems. A few of the many benefits of coconut oil are mentioned to be about its help in having normal digestion and nutrient absorption, skin hydration, hair moisturizer, an energy source and so many other benefits.

Coconut oil is distributed into many brands with prices that vary depending on the quality, source, production method and other factors.

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. 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.

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.

When the coconut oil was extracted without using high level of heat, then it is labelled as raw coconut oil.

Be informed that there are three methods in extracting oil from a coconut, and these are through cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and centrifuged. To produce the oil, all the proteins, water and fiber of the coconut kernel are removed from it. You would need 65 coconuts to be able to produce a single gallon of coconut oil plus several processes to accomplish the job.

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