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. 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 is distributed into many brands with prices that vary depending on the quality, source, production method and other factors.
There are a few things to watch out for when buying coconut oil and these are its price, liquid color and smell or scent.
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. 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.
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. Note that for a single gallon of coconut oil, it takes about 65 coconuts, and several processes are done to achieve this.
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. 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.