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.
Coconut oil has reportedly many benefits, from supporting the normal functions of our body to maintaining healthy systems. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Coconut oil is also labelled as either virgin or extra virgin, although for your information, there is no difference whatsoever between the two terms, except that the coconut oil has a higher grade when labelled as extra virgin.
Another kind of coconut oil is raw coconut oil wherein it 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. 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. 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. 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.