Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Written by Josh Dodes
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The health advantages of coconut oil have become increasingly public, but the differences between cold pressed coconut oil and oil that is more highly processed is a less well-understood distinction. As it happens, however, the distinction is critical for those who are looking to use coconut oil as a substitute for hydrogenated oils in their diet. To understand why, we must examine how manufacturers get from the original coconut to the final product.

To produce coconut oil, fresh coconut meat must be grated and pressed to extract coconut milk. Subsequently, this milk needs to be distilled into oil and an initially high water content. The means by which these two processes are carried out has a substantial impact upon the nutritional value of the end product.

Cold Pressed Coconut Oil Is Natural

While some manufacturers employ unnatural means to get from coconut to oil -- including bleach, high heat, and deorodorizers -- only cold pressed coconut oil maintains its maximum nutrient content. That is because this process is so efficient and natural that no other processing is necessary. And that means that the vitamins, antioxidants and lauric acid in natural coconut oil remain at full strength.

There's no reason to substitute one highly processed oil for another. If you know where to look, you can now find oil that has been processed in the most natural possible way. The fact that cold-pressed oil is not only healthier, but tastes better, makes it a clear choice for the health-conscious consumer.


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