Coconut oil is a product widely used in recent years, mainly because of its nobility to withstand high temperatures, so it is primarily used for cooking. However, little has been said about its uses according to its different types.
First, it is essential to know about the oil extraction, since it can be done utilizing chemical products, heat, or cold pressing, the latter being the best option and therefore of higher cost.
The types of coconut oil vary according to the processes to which they have been subjected, and the use they will serve, for example, cosmetic or culinary purposes.
Virgin and extra virgin coconut oil (unrefined)
This oil does not go through a refining process and therefore is not exposed to chemicals. This means that the oil is filtered to remove large particles only. Besides, this oil contains more antioxidants and nutrients than the rest.
Refined pure coconut oil
A refined oil has been filtered and exposed to chemicals, heat or other materials to eliminate impurities. This kind of coconut oil is synthetic and additive-free, and it is not bleached. It also provides a lot of nutrients, but not as many as virgin coconut oil. This oil is ideal for cooking because it contains a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil.
Refined coconut oil (RBD = refined, bleached and deodorized)
This is the most common and economic coconut oil, but you have to keep in mind that it is bleached and deodorized. The process of refining and bleaching an oil tends to remove antioxidants contained in it. Because of this, it contains fewer nutrients than virgin oil or refined pure coconut oil and is usually obtained with cold extraction to conserve some nutrients. Like refined pure coconut oil, it also contains a higher smoke point than virgin coconut oil, and it is good to consider that it does not have a coconut flavor.
Organic coconut oil (virgin or pure refined)
Organic coconut oil differs from conventional ones because no pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals were used in its production. It has been studied that organic foods have a higher nutritional value compared to conventionally produced foods and even a better taste.
Organic virgin coconut oil guarantees various nutrients over other presentations of coconut oil and is typically used in raw preparations such as raw vegan cheesecake, so as not to waste its nutrients when subjected to heat, although there is no problem with heating it to low temperatures.
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 serve to moisturize and contain antioxidants. This oil has a longer shelf life, is more expensive and is mainly used in cosmetics; however, it can be used for cooking.
Virgin organic coconut oil contains more nutrients than the rest and Franklin Baker a pioneer in the organic coconut products industry, produces it :)