Among the most versatile and beneficial natural miracles, the coconut oil can be found at the top of the list. It is used for various purposes, such as excellent cream for the dry skin, cellulite, frizzy hair, teeth whitening, and much more.
Because not all coconut oil types are with the same quality it is very important to know what to buy. In the chart below you’ll find the differences between virgin and refined coconut oil:
Virgin (Organic Virgin Coconut Oil):
– Made from fresh coconuts
– The scooped fresh coconut meat is pressed cold.
– Then it is heated up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
– It is unrefined
– It is Certified organic and non-GMO
Refined (Organic Refined Coconut Oil)
– The source is a dried coconut meat or copra.
– It is heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
– It is steam refined, without chemicals used
– Has neutral scent and flavor
– Certified organic and non-GMO
Coconut scent and flavor
The most common of use of coconut oil is in cooking and baking. However, its use is spread in cosmetics for hair, skin, and body care. Both of the types (virgin and refined coconut oil) can be used, as you prefer.
The refined coconut oil is seen a bit better for cooking, sautéing, stir- frying and baking. This advantage is as it has a higher smoke point of 400 degrees. In addition, it has a neutral flavor and is also perfect if you do not like the coconut smell.
The nutritional profile is the same in both varieties, meaning that you can choose whichever you like more. Both types have 63% medium chain triglycerides (50% lauric acid), so the main difference is aroma and the taste.
Nevertheless, every time you plan to buy coconut oil, make sure that it has the following features:
– Certified organic
– Verified non-GMO
For those of you who prefer virgin coconut oil, make sure it is cold-pressed, not deodorized or bleached, and produced without hexane.
When you prefer to buy refined coconut oil, pay attention to be steam-refined, and treated without harsh chemicals.