Coconut oil is one of Nature’s miracles, and one of the healthiest, and most versatile oils.
Here are some of its benefits:
- Moisturizes skin
- Decreases wrinkles and age spots
- Balances hormones
- Kills Candida
- Improves digestion
- Balances blood sugar and improve energy
- Improves Alzheimer’s
- Increases HDL and lower LDL cholesterol
- Burns fat
- Removes makeup
- Repels insects
- Treats cold sores
- Fights athlete’s foot and skin fungus
- Heals cracked heels
- Conditions the hair
- Whitens teeth and improves dental health
- Can soothe chapped lips
- Treats sore muscles
- Safe, natural lubricant
- Natural mouthwash
- Heals wounds
- Reduces cellulite
- Soothes sunburns
- Treats dandruff
- Soothes diaper rashes
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
And many, many more.
However, not all coconut all types we encounter on the market are the same and offer the same health benefits. Therefore, we are going to present you the properties and differences between the two main types of coconut oil, refined and virgin coconut oil.
Virgin coconut oil is unrefined, non-GMO, and certified organic, made from fresh coconuts. The meat from the coconut is scooped from the shell, and the meat is cold pressed.
This procedure leaves the oil apart from the flesh. It has preserved the coconut scent and flavor, and might heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
On the other hand, the refined variant has been steam refined, a process that excludes any chemicals, and has neutralized the flavor and scent. It is non-GMO and certified organic too.
It has been made from dry coconuts and may heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is better for cooking purposes, for baking stir-frying, and sautéing.
You can use both oil types interchangeably, based on your preferences. Both oils have an identical nutritional profile, and both contain 63% medium chain triglycerides and 50% of lauric acid.
However, before you purchase your coconut oil, you should have the following things in mind:
- It should have a confirmation that it was cold-pressed or steam refined
- It should be certified organic
- It should be Non-GMO verified
- It should be hexane and chemical-free, not bleached or deodorized