Thursday, May 22, 2014

The differnt shades of Coconut oils

What is Coconut Oil?

It is a edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of the mature coconut that is harvested for the palm coconut tree.  Coconut can be used in many ways such as soap making this is a main ingredient which contributors to the cleansing and lather. It is used for hair care products great for moisturizing hair and skin. Also in cooking if you are use the virgin coconut oil. 

What are the different kinds of coconut oil?

Refined coconut oil- Made from dried coconut, also known as copra; the standard end product made from dried kernel (meat) is RBD oil, which stands for refined, bleached and deodorized. The reason the oil has to undergo this process is that the dried copra is not fit for consumption and the oil needs to undergo processes to filter our impurities and to make it more stable; it’s a pretty common way to mass-produce coconut oil. and because it is refine it’s fairly tasteless and doesn’t smell like coconut. Most of the coconut oils available in grocery stores and vitamin stores are refined unless they specifically state otherwise; not all refined oils are created equal so try to get good quality, non-hydrogenated (yep, even coconut oil can be hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated but mainly in tropical, Asian countries).

Unrefined coconut oil -is labelled as ‘virgin’ or ‘extra-virgin’, this coconut oil is made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut using mechanical means without the addition of any chemicals; depending on the extraction method, the flavour can be mild to very intense (more heat exposure during extraction, more coconut flavour in the oil). Good raw, unrefined, virgin coconut oil should have a very mild coconut flavour and scent. The difference between ‘virgin’ and ‘extra virgin’ is, well, pretty much none existent as far as I’ve researched, it’s more of a marketing trick to get you to pay more. Virgin, unrefined oil is more superior to refined coconut oil.

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