You may have heard all about this before, and coconut oil might even be one of your staple foods or staple beauty products because of all its benefits. But how much do you really know about coconut oil?
Did you know that there are multiple types or grades of coconut oil? It is so important to choose the right type of coconut oil to ensure that you are reaping all the benefits that you have read about coconut oil.
ATTRIBUTES OF COCONUT OIL
Produced from Fresh Coconut Meat VS Copra
Virgin Coconut Oil is produced from the fresh meat of the coconut. To obtain the oil, this meat is “wet milled” by having the coconut meat immediately pressed into coconut milk, and then the oil is separated out of that milk.
On the contrary, refined coconut oil is produced from the copra of the coconut. The copra is kernel of the coconut that has been removed from the shell and dried or smoked and saved for longer periods of time for future use.
The difference between the fresh coconut meat and copra meat is that the fresh coconut meat is more expensive and has to be freshly preserved to be expeller pressed soon after; whereas the copra meat is a lower-quality commodity.
Refined VS Unrefined
Once produced, coconut oil can either be refined or remain in its original unrefined state.
Unrefined coconut oil maintains much of the coconut’s natural
nutritional value – including polyphenols and antioxidants, which are important for your health. Polyphenols and antioxidants are important to neutralize harmful free radicals that would otherwise damage your cells and increase your risk of conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Polyphenols are also thought to reduce inflammation, which is thought to be the root cause of many chronic illnesses. Unrefined
coconut oil, popularly known as extra virgin coconut oil or virgin coconut oil, usually have an off-white tint because it is in a completely natural state.
Refined coconut oil, on the other hand, goes through a processing system of high heat that uses hot steam and filtering. This process makes the oil more consistent, and also filters out solid particles of coconut. Refined coconut oil is bright white, and when it is in its solid state, it is consistent throughout and without the coconut particles commonly found in unrefined coconut oil.
Expeller Pressed VS Solvent Expelled
Virgin coconut oil is expeller pressed, and often cold-pressed. The oil is extracted from fresh, mature coconut meat using an expeller press which physically squeezes the oil out. If it does not use a traditional expeller press method, it will use a comparable centrifugal method which spins the oil out or a natural method called “settling”. These are the few cold-pressed methods that do not use any heat and nothing is added to make the oil – the oil is merely physically pressed out.
In contrast, most refined coconut oil made from the coconut copra are solvent expelled. This means that a solvent – such as hexane – is used to release the oil from the coconut copra. To remove that solvent from the oil, it goes through a heating process where the solvent is distilled off, theoretically leaving virtually no detectable levels in the coconut oil. Then, the coconut oil is refined. However, microscopic portions of up to 25 parts per million (25 ppm) of hexane might remain in the coconut oil.
Solvent expelling usually gets a higher percentage of the oil out of the coconut compared to expeller pressing, which is why refined coconut oil usually costs less than unrefined coconut oil.
We are glad to let you know that NewLife™ Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is produced from certified organic, fresh coconut meat from
the Philippines, unrefined, and expeller pressed (specifically, cold-pressed) to preserve nutritional quality and antioxidant content. We use only the best extraction and processing methods to ensure that you get all the health benefits of coconut oil that we know
Enjoy better health by choosing the right type of coconut oil for you and your family!
NewLife™ Guarantees You Pure, Unadultered, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Cold-pressed and naturally processed, under strict hygienic conditions set by international standards (ISO 22000 & ISO 9000), from freshly harvested organic, mature coconuts.
Not bleached, deodorized, or refined no chemical preservatives or additives.
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