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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 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.

There are several benefits in using or consuming coconut oil, among which the result would help support a normal function of a our body and maintain healthy systems in our body. Some of the proven advantages in using coconut oil are it supports a healthy heart and immune system, it maintains normal digestion and nutrient absorption, it hydrates our skin, it moisturizes hair, it is a quick source of energy, and many others.

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.

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.

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. Another term is the all-natural label that means the coconut oil is manufactured without any use of chemicals during the production process. 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.

It is through cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and centrifuges that the oil from a fresh coconut is extracted. 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.

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