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The white meat inside or kernel of a ripe coconut can be extracted to produce an oil that 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. Some of the proven advantages in using coconut oil are it supports a healthy heart and immune system, it maintains normal digestion and nutrient absorption, it hydrates our skin, it moisturizes hair, it is a quick source of energy, and many others.

Coconut oil is distributed into many brands with prices that vary depending on the quality, source, production method and other factors.

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.

Note that there are several terms used on the label of the coconut container or product, and it is better that you understand what these terms are so you know the extent of quality of the oil when buying it.

One term you will notice is the certified organic coconut oil that signifies no use of pesticides on the coconuts where the oil was extracted from. Second term is the all-natural label where the oils are manufactured without any chemicals with it when it was produced. 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.

Raw coconut oil is termed to coconut oil which was extracted without using high level of heat.

It is through cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and centrifuges that the oil from a fresh coconut is extracted. 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.

There are two methods in which coconut oil can be extracted from the kernel and this is through dry 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. While for the wet process, the coconut meat is removed from the kernel and immediately pressed giving out a liquid which is a mix of oil and water.

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