Coconut Oil is an Amazing Health Food!

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile and beneficial natural miracles, and you have probably used it for various uses. It is excellent for the dry skin, frizzy hair, cellulite, teeth whitening, and many more. Like many trendy health food products, coconut oil once enjoyed a burst of popularity, which has waned in recent years.

Yet, not all coconut oil types are the same. The following chart explains the differences between virgin and refined coconut oil:

Virgin ( Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)

  • The fresh coconut meat is scooped out of the coconut shell. It is then cold pressed.
  • Heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Made from fresh coconuts
  • Unrefined
  • Certified organic and non-GMO

Refined( Organic Refined Coconut Oil)

  • It is made from dried coconut meat, or copra.
  • Heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Made from dried coconuts
  • Steam refined, no chemicals used
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Neutral scent and flavor

Coconut scent and flavor

Coconut oil can be used in cooking and baking, for hair, skin, and body care. You can use both types, virgin and refined coconut oil, as you prefer.

Refined coconut oil is a bit better for cooking, stir- frying, sautéing, and baking, as it has a higher smoke point of 400 degrees. Its neutral flavor is also perfect if you do not like the coconut smell.

Both varieties have the same nutritional profile, meaning that you can choose whichever you like more. They both have 63% medium chain triglycerides, including 50% lauric acid, so the aroma and taste make the main difference.

Beyond cooking, coconut oil really shines as a beauty product. You can use it on your hair as an in-shower mask to add a boost of moisture, or smooth a bit on dry hair to tame frizz. On skin, coconut oil can be used as a lip balm or as a body moisturizer. Extra-virgin coconut oil is your best bet when you’re using it for your body or hair.

However, whenever you plan to purchase coconut oil, make sure you look for the following features:

  • Certified organic
  • Verified non-GMO

If you prefer virgin coconut oil, make sure it is cold-pressed, not bleached or deodorized, and produced without hexane.

If you intend to buy refined coconut oil, it should be steam-refined, and treated without harsh chemicals.

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