The Best Coconut Oil
and Types of Coconut Oil
The best coconut oil will be cold pressed coconut oil which is often referred to as Extra Virgin or Virgin Coconut Oil.
This is the type of coconut oil that will be the least refined and I like to use it topically for dry skin.
Expeller pressed coconut oil is somewhat refined, but it has its uses like with high temperature cooking.
Fractionated coconut oil is one of the most processed of the coconut oils and is what the name implies - only a fraction of the coconut oil.
This oil has had some of its fatty acids removed and your left with a more liquid type of oil.
Fractionated coconut oil is often referred to as MCT Oil. However, MCT oil is made safer for consumption because most of the fractionated oils are not really edible.
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil is The Best Coconut Oil
Cold pressed coconut oil is the best coconut oil and is extracted
without the use of too much heat or chemicals.
Cold pressed coconut oil will be processed at a temperature that does not exceed 120 degrees F.
And good quality coconut
meat is used for this extraction method.
The best coconut oil that comes from the first pressing is called Extra Virgin or Virgin Coconut Oil.
This coconut oil retains most of its beneficial antioxidants and is often organic. This makes it great for skin and hair care applications.
These oils will also retain more of a coconut taste and smell.
Sometimes you'll see cold pressed coconut oil called "Raw Coconut Oil" or "Live Coconut Oil" especially in health food stores.
Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil
Expeller pressed coconut oil can sometimes resemble cold pressed coconut oil.
However, this oil is processed at a temperature that could exceed 200 degrees F.
Expeller pressed coconut oil is made by a mechanical process that uses pressure to extract coconut oil from the meat.
The pressure used to extract coconut oil can create friction and heat.
Therefore, this oil is somewhat refined and loses some of its nutrients.
Expeller pressed coconut oil will lack in some areas, but will still retain its MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides.
This oil also has a neutral flavor and is the best coconut oil for cooking or frying. It's also a cheaper oil than the cold pressed coconut oils.
You'll want to look for organic expeller pressed virgin coconut oil that was mechanically pressed without the use of chemicals or solvents.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is made by using heat and is usually deodorized. It is also a more expensive oil.
small amount of long chain fatty acids are removed from this oil which
makes it a different type of coconut oil.
The fractionation process
creates a thinner oil that will not go rancid and virtually has no
Most of the lauric acid is also removed and what is left is mainly caprylic or capric medium chain fatty acids.
This coconut oil has a very long shelf life and is an incredible carrier oil.
Fractionated coconut oil is the perfect carrier oil for essential oils and will wash out of sheets more easily.
Fractionated coconut oil is commonly used as an ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, massage
oils, and in aromatherapy.
Coconut Oil has Many Uses
This is a great oil that you can use on your body to replace harmful lotions and creams. It is also used for mouth care and oil pulling.
And cooking with expeller pressed coconut oil is so much safer than cooking with most unsaturated fats.
Oils such as soybean, vegetable, and canola are often rancid to begin with, so cooking with these types of oils will produce many toxins.
Not only is coconut oil safer to cook with, but it is very edible - especially cold pressed coconut oil.
And you can use the best coconut oil to make mayonnaise and many types of raw desserts.
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