Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is not exactly an unfamiliar name with all of us but Organic Coconut Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil may sound like a fancy name to the ordinary coconut oil. But the fact is, it is not. It may not be entirely different but there are some very important differences between the two.
Let’s explore a little as to why these two are so dissimilar yet so similar.
The main difference between the two is its extraction process. While the former is extracted by cold compression of dried coconut or Copra the latter is extracted from the coconut milk obtained from fresh coconuts. A process such as fermentation, churning, refrigeration, and the action of enzymes, is used to extract Virgin Coconut Oil. The oil is separated from the water or moisture.
In case of Virgin coconut oil, throughout the whole process utmost care is taken to ensure that the coconut milk is not exposed to heat or sunlight.
Virgin coconut oil packs a greater antioxidant punch than regular coconut oil and also has a stronger coconut taste. Virgin coconut oil has also not been exposed to any chemicals or bleach that is necessary in the refining process of regular coconut oil.
The energy content of virgin coconut and regular oils is the same. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories and 13.6 grams of fat, 11.8 of which are saturated. But some refined oils are hydrogenated and may contain Trans fat. On the whole, the anti-oxidant properties of Virgin Coconut Oil are better than those of ordinary coconut oil.