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The Many Benefits We Can Get from the Different Types of Coconut Oil

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 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.

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.

One term you will notice is the certified organic coconut oil that signifies no use of pesticides on the coconuts where the oil was extracted from. The next term is the all-natural label that means no chemicals are used during the manufacturing process of the oil. Another two terms are refined and unrefined, with refined suggested as removing of impurities and coconut flavour because of a further process, and the unrefined with no additional refinement process that leaves the smell and flavour of the coconut oil intact.

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.

Raw coconut oil is termed to coconut oil which was extracted without using high level of heat.

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. 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. On the other hand, the wet process would use the raw coconut meat from the kernel and directly pressed that would result to a liquid mixture of oil and water.