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I’m sure you’ve heard about coconut oil numerous times and how it positively affects your body. You might’ve heard of the Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and its other types, but do you know why it’s called virgin? What makes it distinct from the other kinds of coconut oil? How should it be used? Is it safe for ingestion? Read on to know everything about virgin coconut oil.
Virgin coconut oil is considered “virgin” because of the process it went through.
Compared to refined coconut oils, the production process of VCO preserves the raw materials from coconut as much as possible by not exposing it to too much heat, almost nil. It may be exposed to sunlight, but not too much heat as refined coconut oils go through.
There are two ways manufacturers use to produce virgin coconut oil.
Since virgin coconut oil came from the fresh coconut meat and didn’t undergo intense heat, its flavor and scent are preserved. Virgin coconut oil has retained all the nutrients in coconut oil which includes a high content of vitamin E and minerals.
The moisturizing and antioxidant properties are said to be far more effective than the refined coconut oil. The medium-chain fatty acids and good cholesterol are richer on this type of coconut oil.
Here are the suggested virgin coconut oil intakes in the following ages:
You can also use coconut oil for cooking to substitute your unhealthy polyunsaturated oils we use for cooking. For further uses, you can also apply it externally to your scars, stretch marks, hair, infected areas and others.
There’s no such this as “extra virgin coconut oil”. Basically, it’s just virgin coconut oil. Some manufacturers just add the word “extra” to lure customers. They came from the same process.
What you should look for in choosing the best virgin coconut oil is it’s really organic. As much as possible, make sure it’s cold-pressed, processed without hexane and didn’t go through deodorizing or bleaching.