The white meat inside or kernel of a ripe coconut can be extracted to produce an oil that 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.
Coconut oil comes in different brands with the quality, source, and production method as some of the factors that affect the price.
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. Another term is the all-natural label that means the coconut oil is manufactured without any use of chemicals during the production process. 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.
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.
Raw coconut oil is termed to coconut oil which 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. Be informed that in order to produce a gallon of coconut oil, you would need about 65 coconuts and some processes to do so.
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.