Desiccated Coconut

Written by Josh Dodes
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While the benefits of coconut oil have been more prominently trumpeted in recent years, the occasional disadvantages of desiccated coconut oil have gone largely ignored. This is a shame, as health-conscious consumers may not be receiving the full benefits of natural coconut oil that they have been promised. After all, the process by which coconut oil is derived can dramatically alter its nutritional content.

Coconut oil is produced in two basic steps. First, fresh coconut oil is grated and pressed to produce coconut milk. Subsequently, the majority of the water content must be distilled out of the milk to produce the oil.

Desiccated Coconut Oil Is Not Always the Same

Unfortunately, the production of some of the most common coconut oils incorporates a drying process which requires that it be subsequently bleached, deodorized, and refined to make it suitable for use. These processes, aside from being unnatural, greatly reduce the vitamins and antioxidants which give the natural oil its native potency. These desiccated coconut oils simply cannot compare to desiccated oils that have been processed through more natural methods.

If you care enough about your health to seek out coconut oil, it is important that you seek out information first. In a market where words such as "virgin" have no industry standard, and thus can be used by anyone, consumers can easily be fooled into thinking that they are getting the real thing. Only by educating yourself can you ensure that you are receiving the full benefits that you sought in the first place.

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