Types Of Coconut Oil And Their Uses
Learn the WWW: Which, When and Why
Coconut oil is a product widely used in recent years, mainly because of its ability to withstand high temperatures, so it is primarily used for cooking. However, little has been said about the different types of coconut oil and how its uses can vary depending on them.
First, it is essential to know about oil extraction, as it can be done through chemical products, heat, or cold pressing—the latter being the best option and therefore of higher cost.
Different types of coconut oil will vary according to their extraction processes, just like the use they serve, be it cosmetic or culinary.
The following are a few varieties and their particularities:
Virgin/Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined)
This kind does not go through a refining process and is not exposed to chemicals. The oil is filtered to remove large particles only, and contains more antioxidants and nutrients than the rest.
Refined Pure Coconut Oil
This kind has been refined, filtered, and exposed to chemicals, heat or other materials to eliminate impurities. The oil is unbleached, as well as free of synthetics and additives. It provides a lot of nutrients, but not as many as virgin coconut oil. Ideal for cooking due to it having a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil.
Refined Coconut Oil (RBD = Refined, Bleached and Deodorized)
Bleached and deodorized, this is the most common and economic oil. Because the refining and bleaching process removes antioxidants, it contains fewer nutrients than virgin or refined pure coconut oil. It is usually obtained with cold extraction to conserve some nutrients, and similarly to refined pure coconut oil, it contains a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil. The oil also doesn’t have a coconut flavor.
Organic Coconut Oil (Virgin or Pure Refined)
Organic coconut oil differs from conventional ones in its lack of pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals used in its production. It’s been studied that organic foods have a higher nutritional value compared to conventionally produced foods, as well as a better taste.
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil guarantees more nutrients over other presentations and is typically used in raw preparations such as raw vegan cheesecake, to avoid wasting its nutrients over the heat.
- Fractionated coconut oil (Components Are Removed For Specific Uses)
Long-chain fatty acids are eliminated from this oil, and medium-chain fatty acids remain, which contain antioxidants and serve to moisturize. This oil has a longer shelf life, is more expensive, and is mainly used in cosmetics.
- Virgin organic coconut oil contains more nutrients than the rest, and Franklin Baker, a pioneer in the organic coconut products industry, produces it.
There are many different kinds, at different price ranges, ideal for different things. Hopefully, this little guide can help you out with some key distinctions!