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Get Some Information about Coconut Oil and Its Kinds

Coconut oil or copra is the oil squeezed out from the white meat or kernel of a ripe coconut. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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. In order to produce the coconut oil from the kernel, all the proteins, water and fiber are extracted and 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. 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.

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